Mom charged with helping daughter and friends with anti-Semitic vandalism

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This is the story that got talked about in the Jon Lovitz/Obama thread.

Mom charged with helping daughter and friends with anti-Semitic vandalism in San Fernando Valley

By Susan Abram, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/11/2012 08:39:31 PM PDT
Updated: 06/11/2012 08:42:25 PM PDT


This photo showing anti-Semitic vandalism at a San Fernando Valley home was posted on actor/comedian Jon Lovitz's Twitter feed. It was taken April 3, 2012.

A 44-year-old Northridge woman is facing vandalism and other charges, accused of helping her daughter and friends smear human feces on a car and scrawl swastikas in syrup at the homes of two of the girls' former friends.

Catharine Whelpley was charged Monday with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of vandalism, two counts of trespassing, and two counts of tampering with a vehicle, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said in a statement.

"The conduct alleged in this case is unacceptable in our society," Trutanich said. "The persons responsible for such conduct, including parents, will be held accountable for their actions."

The charges stem from events that occurred on April 3. Whelpley is accused of driving her 14-year-old daughter and her friends, ages 13 and 14, to a home in the San Fernando Valley in April. The home belonged to a former friend of Whelpley's daughter.

The teenage trio threw toilet paper into the property's trees, then poured maple syrup on the front porch and smeared human feces on the homeowner's car.

Whelpley then drove the youths to the store to buy more toilet paper, according to the City Attorney's Office.

She drove the teens to another former friend's home, where they also threw toilet paper on the property, smeared human feces on the porch, and poured syrup on the homeowner's vehicle, the statement said. Whelpley's daughter then allegedly wrote the word "Jew" and drew swastikas in syrup on the property.

Whelpley allegedly waited for the girls to finish, then drove them home.

Many of the actions were captured on a neighbor's surveillance camera.

But the acts also caught the attention of actor and comedian Jon Lovitz, who told his fans on Twitter that it was his friend's home that was vandalized.

"Swastikas in (excrement) left on my friend's front porch were done by three 14-year-old girls, driven to the house by one of the girl's mother," Lovitz wrote on his twitter account, twitter.com/realjonlovitz.

"My friend's parents are Holocaust survivors."

Lovitz's tweets garnered much support from his more than 40,000 followers.

"Thanks for all your support on the hate crime," he wrote. "No one should be bullied for any reason. We're all people who should be treated w/respect."

The incident also prompted the Anti-Defamation League in Los Angeles to hold discussions with youths about how to confront anti-Semitism.

The girls' actions do not constitute a hate crime, because the words and symbols were scrawled in a material that could easily be washed off, according to the City Attorney's Office.

But holding the mother accountable in the incident is to be commended, said Amanda Susskind, the Los Angeles-area director for the ADL.

"The whole thing painted a picture of ugliness," Susskind said.

Although the number of hate crimes decreased by 28 percent countywide in 2010, California leads the country in anti-Semitic incidents, with 297 reported to the Anti-Defamation League in 2010, the last year for which data was released. That figure represents an 8 percent increase over the year before, according to the league's latest annual report.

"I'm really kind of impressed with the creativity applied here," Susskind said of the city attorney's charges. "Everybody looked at this and thought this was going to fall through the cracks.

"We give them credit for holding accountable the adults in these children's lives. That's sending a message."

She said she hopes the Northridge families that were affected will view the charges as justice.

Meanwhile, the City Attorney's Office said the charges of vandalism, trespassing and tampering are based on Whelpley allegedly aiding and abetting her daughters.

Whelpley's arraignment is scheduled for June 28. Attemps to reach Whelpley on Monday were unsuccessful.

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Wow. I've seen swastikas turning to the left, and we all know they're supposed to turn to the right. But I've never seen one that turns left and right.