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2 Muslim women, babies attacked in alleged hate crime in New York

New York (CNN) A woman yelling anti-Muslim sentiment allegedly attacked two Muslim women as they pushed their children in strollers in New York, authorities said.

Emirjeta Xhelili, 32, allegedly tried to rip the hijab from the women's heads during the attack in Brooklyn on Thursday.

    She struck the women in the face and body, and repeatedly shouted, "this is the United States of America, you're not supposed to be different from us," court documents allege.

    Xhelili allegedly told the women, "get the (expletive) out of America (expletive), you don't belong here."

    She also attacked their children, pushing one stroller to the ground and rattling the other while two infants sat inside, according to court documents. The 11-month-old and the 15-month-old, along with their mothers, were not seriously injured.

    Suspect arrested

    Shortly after the incident, New York Police Department officers arrested Xhelili in Brooklyn.

    During an arraignment Friday, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office described the incident as a hate crime, charging her with offenses including assault, reckless endangerment of a child and harassment, according to court documents.

    The New York Legal Aid Society attorney who represented Xhelili in court could not be reached for comment.

    Suspect arrested

    Shortly after the incident, New York Police Department officers arrested Xhelili in Brooklyn.

    During an arraignment Friday, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office described the incident as a hate crime, charging her with offenses including assault, reckless endangerment of a child and harassment, according to court documents.

    The New York Legal Aid Society attorney who represented Xhelili in court could not be reached for comment.

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