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Woman convicted of bias crime after kicking a baby's stroller in Portland

Second-degree intimidation is a bias crime in Oregon. The baby was not injured but cried hysterically.

Posted: Aug 7, 2019 6:49 AM
Updated: Aug 7, 2019 10:38 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A woman who kicked a baby's stroller has been convicted of a bias crime and sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation for one year. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said 53-year-old Joy Marchenko was convicted of second-degree intimidation Monday after she said she kicked a baby's stroller because she was upset that the baby was white and his mother was black.

Second-degree intimidation is a bias crime in Oregon.

According to court documents on March 4, Marchenko approached the victim and her baby in the lobby of their Portland apartment building, told the victim that she should be married, and that she "did not like that she had a white child."

After going out for a drink, documents said Marchenko came back, confronted the victim again and kicked the stroller, which caused the baby to start crying hysterically.

The baby was not injured.

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