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A white Florida woman was arrested after allegedly slapping a Black child in the face and calling him a racial slur over a go-karting mishap.
Haley Zager, 30, had just finished a race on Saturday at a Boomers amusement park in Boca Raton when a go-kart driven by a Black 11-year-old rear-ended her, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Boca Raton Police Department and obtained by the Deerfield News. Zager allegedly responded by climbing out of her kart, walking up to the boy and slapping him in the face, multiple witnesses told police.
“That f---ing n----- hit me in the back,” Zager allegedly told a theme park employee after the incident, according to the statement.
Police arrived at the park around 10 p.m. to find Zager arguing with the 11-year-old. Zager allegedly admitted to having “tapped” the child in the face and said she shouldn’t have done it. However, she claimed that the boy rammed into her “at full speed” while she was parked at the end of the race course, according to the statement.
The 11-year-old, meanwhile, told police he had collided with Zager after another kart struck him from behind while he was slowing down. This was allegedly part of a chain of accidents that started when a driver several vehicles back slammed into another kart.
Responding officers observed swelling on the side of the child’s face, and fire rescue personnel applied an ice pack, according to the statement.
Zager was then subjected to a search by a female officer that allegedly uncovered “a multitude” of prescription pills in an Altoids tin stuffed into her underwear. Zager was unable to provide documentation or a prescription bottle for any of the pills, authorities said.
She was arrested and charged with second-degree felony child abuse and possessing controlled substances without a prescription.
“At Boomers parks, we value being a family fun center inclusive to guests of all backgrounds. We are saddened that one of our guests did not possess these same values and we do not condone physical or verbal abuse amongst guests,” the theme park told local newspaper The Palm Beach Post.
Zager was released from jail Monday on her own recognizance, NBC News reports.
She declined a request for comment in a phone call with Oxygen.com.
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