A deranged woman was “speaking gibberish” when she shoved a toddler to the ground in The Bronx, the victim’s mother said Wednesday as she recounted the horrifying, unprovoked attack.
Sahara Bernard, 21, told The Post that the still-at-large suspect “came out of nowhere” Tuesday morning after the mom and her 2-year-old daughter, Scarlett, left a deli at 230 East 198th Street, where they had ordered a grilled cheese sandwich.
“Next thing I know my daughter’s on the floor and [the suspect] is skipping off,” the mother recalled in an interview.
“She wasn’t speaking words. She was speaking gibberish,” Bernard said of the assailant. “Her eyes were bugged out and everything.”
Little Scarlett suffered redness and swelling to face from the caught-on-camera assault. Her mother said she is now “perfectly fine” following a brief visit to Montefiore Hospital.
The attacker is apparently known as a frequent panhandler in the neighborhood, Bernard said.
The mother, who is seven-months pregnant with another child, said she was tempted to catch the woman herself before she fled.
“I was just really angry. Honestly I just really wanted to grab her,” Bernard said, “but … [Scarlett] is more important than me trying to grab a woman and go to jail.”
Bernard said she is now urgently trying to move out of her Jerome Park neighborhood, noting she believes there’s been an uptick in crime in the area.
“As a parent, I just want to get out as soon as possible,” she said. “You got people with knives and guns out here, and people like her assaulting children.”
“I feel like more could be done,” to address the violence, Bernard added.
Additional reporting by Kenneth Garger
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