PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman who admitted to kicking a baby’s stroller because of his mother’s race was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a year of probation.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said Joy Marchenko, 53, got agitated when she saw a black woman with a white baby in her apartment complex lobby on March 4, 2019.
She asked the woman why she had a white baby and then kicked the stroller, causing the 3-month-old boy to scream hysterically. The baby was not hurt.
Police asked Marchenko if she kicked the stroller because the baby was white and his mother was black and she said “yes.”
In court, the baby’s mother said, “I want to know why she would go after my son. He’s little. He didn’t do anything wrong. He was sleeping. I’ve never bothered [Ms. Marchenko.] I’ve never said anything to her. …To go after an innocent child is so wrong. …We’re all a community and we all need to get along.”
This was investigated as a bias crime and Marchenko was convicted of 2nd-degree intimidation.
As part of her probation, Marchenko must do an alcohol evaluation and any recommended treatment. She is not allowed to drink or buy alcohol or go into bars.