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Police: Iowa woman said she ran over girl in racist attack

42-year-old Nicole Marie Poole Franklin allegedly admitted to running over a girl because she...
42-year-old Nicole Marie Poole Franklin allegedly admitted to running over a girl because she was Mexican.(KWTX)
Published: Dec. 20, 2019 at 5:12 PM CST
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Police say they've charged a Des Moines woman with attempted murder after she told officers she intentionally ran over a 14-year-old girl because she believed the teen was Mexican.

Natalia Miranda suffered a concussion and severe bruising in the attack but is expected to make a full recovery.

Clive Police Chief Mike Venema said Friday during a news conference that 42-year-old Nicole Marie Poole Franklin admitted to steering her SUV onto a sidewalk on Dec. 9 in the suburban Des Moines community and intentionally running over the teenager.

Natalia was walking to school to watch a basketball game.

Police say Franklin made derogatory statements about Latinos during a police interview.