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New Jersey woman charged with hate crimes

A judge in Clifton, New Jersey released a woman charged with a hate crime against two teenage girls pending grand jury action, reports the Daily Voice.

Nancy Jones, 59, faces charges of bias crimes after being accused of hitting a Muslim girl in the head and telling her and her sister to “go back to your f*cking country,” and then cursing at their mother.

According to New Jersey 101.5, both teens were wearing a hijab at the time of the attack.

Prosecutors charged Jones with two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and one count of fourth-degree bias intimidation. She also faces a charge of simple assault and two counts of harassment.

NBC New York reports the incident took place inside a nail salon on April 30. Police issued a warrant for her arrest and she surrendered on Wednesday.

“We welcome the arrest and charges against the suspect in this appalling attack on two young girls and we thank Clifton police for their work in apprehending her,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut in a statement sent to AsAmNews. “Communities in New Jersey and nationwide must come together to oppose anti-Muslim bigotry and all other forms of hate.” 

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