An Iowa woman has been charged with attempted murder after admitting she intentionally jumped a curb and ran over a 14-year old girl because she was Mexican, according to officials.
The chilling confession of driver Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, who smiled in her mugshot, was revealed on the Facebook page of the Clive Police Department.
Franklin also ranted about Latinos in a “series of derogatory comments,” police said.
“I want to say, in the strongest terms possible, that there is no place in our community (or any other) for this type of hatred and violence,” Chief Michael G. Venema said in the release. “We are committed to stand by and support this family and work diligently with them to seek justice.”
Franklin drove her black Jeep Grand Cherokee onto the sidewalk where the girl was walking near a junior high school at around 4:18 p.m on Dec. 9. The girl, who was walking to an after-school activity, suffered “numerous injuries” all over her body.
Police had requested help in finding the driver of what initially seemed to be a hit-and-run, and arrested Franklin on Thursday.
Franklin is being held in the Polk County Jail on a $1 million bond, and is also charged with assault, intoxication, possession of an undisclosed controlled substance and theft in the fifth degree, jail records show.
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