Even babies aren’t safe: Homeless woman allegedly attacks infant in California

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A grandmother and her infant grandchild were reportedly attacked in Venice, California by a woman who appeared to be having a mental breakdown in yet another example of the apparent societal breakdown in the blue state.

The two were strolling to a playground near the Venice boardwalk around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday when the mentally unstable woman allegedly approached them and demanded the grandmother hand over the 9-month-old girl strapped to her chest before grabbing the grandmother’s coffee and throwing it on the infant, according to a report by KTLA5.

Katy Gross, the child’s mother, described the incident as her “worst nightmare.”

“The woman came up behind her and said, ‘You! Give me that baby, give me that baby,’” Gross said.


(Video Credit: KTLA 5)

Gross told reporters that the Los Angeles Police Department arrested the woman and anticipates charging her with assault but is still concerned with the broader picture of balancing the safety of the community with getting the woman the help she needs.

“[The mentally ill homeless people] need to be taken away to a hospital until they’re ready to be reintegrated into society,” Gross argued about the homeless in the area.

According to Gross, one major issue is a homeless “decompression center” that is planned in a nearby Venice residential neighborhood.

“Yeah, maybe decompression, but not in a neighborhood,” Gross said, obviously distraught at the thought of the planned center.

“The problem is, it’s right across the street from an elementary school,” Venice resident Ryan Nichols said, although he agreed that the mental health services and shelter are “a much-needed thing.”

Many people were alarmed at the dire situation in Venice. Here’s a sampling of their responses:

This incident only highlights the rampant crime and homelessness that have reportedly spiraled out of control over the past several years in the southern California county, according to a letter Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva sent to the Board of Supervisors begging them to address the problem.

“With violent crime on the rise, a yearly 100 percent increase in homicides, illegal marijuana cultivation and distribution by organized crime rings, and the homeless population spiraling out of control, our residents are being held hostage in their local communities… I have been inundated with calls for action by citizens from all over the County,” he wrote last June.

Earlier this week, Governor Gavin Newsom recently popped out of his Sacramento bubble to visit the southern portion of the third biggest state in the nation where he helped clean up mounds of litter from thieves who looted trains and recognized – at least for a brief moment – the disturbing state of affairs in the state.

“I’m asking myself, what the hell is going on? We look like a third-world country,” Newsom said. “This is not one-off. This is organized theft.”

But his realization was short-lived as he shortly thereafter apologized for using the word “gangs.”

“These are organized gangs of people that are coming out, and forgive me for saying gangs, that’s not a pejorative,” Newsom said.

Although some want to double down on the failing blue state policies that create an environment for such disturbing events like the assault of an infant and her grandmother, claiming that the millions spent to “fix” homelessness just isn’t enough and if taxpayers could just throw more money at the problem, “none of this would have happened.”

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