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VIDEO: Northridge Mom Charged in Swastika Vandalism, 3 Girls Go Free

The vandalism was captured on a neighbor's security camera.

A 43-year-old Northridge woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter and two friends vandalize homes with swastikas, feces and toilet paper, according to the Jewish Journal.

Catharine Whelpley was charged 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, the Journal reported.

The LAPD accused Whelpley of driving her 14-year-old daughter and her daughter’s 14- and 13-year-old Nobel Middle School friends to two homes in Northridge. The girls admitted to the April 3 vandalism, but will not face criminal charges because they did not cause permanent damage to the homes, police said. The vandalism was captured on a neighbor's security camera.

Incensed by the , launched a Twitter assault of his own. The issue also became a hot topic of community comments on Patch.

If convicted on all charges, the Journal reported that Whelpley could face up to seven years in county jail or a $13,500 fine, according to prosecutor Ayelet Feiman. Her arraignment is scheduled for June 28.

Read the entire Jewish Journal story here.

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Parent with Experience February 16, 2013 at 03:17 AM
I am the parent of the girl who was the target and I have sat back for almost a year and just read people's assumptions about what happened and why this occurred. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but so many of you are so far off base. We have kept a low profile simply because this kind of recognition is nothing we wanted or asked for. We don't want to be known as "victims", it's a badge we do not want to wear. This horrible act was directed and played out by a group of 3 very ignorant girls and a very misguided mother. 2 of the 3 girls were friends with my daughter, the 3rd girl (the one whose mother drove them in the middle of the night to our home), we do not know. My daughter made a decision after watching how her 2 friends behaved, to stop interacting with them. She still liked the girls but didn't like their behavior. There was no "fall out", no drama or specific event that caused any hatred. It just became clear that the road these girls were taking was not the road my daughter wanted to go down. She did NOTHING to warrant this kind of action and in the trial, all 3 girls said that she was not the target that night but because they could not find the house of the boy they were attempting to TP, when they drove by our house, they decided that this would be just as good to play out their "prank".
Parent with Experience February 16, 2013 at 03:18 AM
To "I KNOW", you must one of the 3 girls or the girl who also had her home TP'd and shit on that night. I won't post your name as you did with mine because even though your accusations that we are Jesus haters is absurd, I still think there is good in you. All 3 girls come from homes with "issues". We all have issues including my family but we would never act out as these girls did to us. We are a good family and my daughter didn't deserve this hate! We didn't deserve to have swastikas and human shit on our doorstep. We did nothing! 2 of girls have met my mother who is a Holocaust survivor. My mom was 15 when she went into the camps and somehow survived 4 years of worst anyone can imagine. Just think what it was like for me to go outside and see this horrible expression 70 years after my mother's suffering. To "I KNOW", shame on you for twisting this act of hate and making it sound like we did anything to deserve this or we are doing something to keep it going!
Parent with Experience February 16, 2013 at 03:19 AM
I called the police as soon as I saw the symbols. Anyone would have done the same! The Police took this case and saw it as a hate crime and pursued the legal actions against the mother and the girls. We did not do this. We did not take anyone to court, we did nothing but express our feelings in court. We have no actions against the girls or the mother. It is the legal action of the City that has punished these families for thier public crime. We are not vindictive or full of hate but we will not engage with these criminals or have anything to do with them. I specifically told my daughter to NOT have any contact with these people. She is a kind and caring friend and was so hurt and still wanted to reach out to these girls to understand why they did this. I told her it didn't matter and that anyone willing to drop her pants and shit on my doorstep doesn't deserve a friend like her. This was a sick, demented act of hate.
Parent with Experience February 16, 2013 at 03:19 AM
To "Collette", your assumptions and assertions are way off base. Perhaps your experience is driving your opinions but you are so wrong about my daughter and her interactions with these other girls. "Wow, you guys really need some therapy and learn to let things go." We have let this go. This is my first interaction and posted opinion since the trial last year. Your insult is a reflection of your ignorance and I am offended by your post. We did NOTHING to deserve this, we did nothing to perpetuate this and we have done NOTHING TO ANYONE to follow up on this. We want to be left alone and as I said in the trial to the girls and their families, just leave us alone and disappear from our life. Maybe this will clarify a few things to anyone still reading. Shame on anyone who thinks we did anything to deserve this.
Collette February 16, 2013 at 04:57 AM
I am sorry for what you went through. I did say that nobody deserved what happened to your house.. I too had stopped posting here until "your neighbor " posted something. It is over. Hopefully, all the girls learned from this. Luckily, nobody was hurt.

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