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

Nicole Marie Poole is accused of running down a 14-year-old girl.

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) -- 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.

According to a press release from the Clive Police Department, 42-year-old Nicole Marie Poole Franklin admitted to steering her SUV onto a sidewalk on December 9 in the suburban Des Moines community and intentionally running over the teenager.

Police say during the interview that she ran over the girl because she was, in her words, "a Mexican."

Natalia was walking to school to watch a basketball game.

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

Associated Press

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