FLORISSANT, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Police are investigating after a local mother woke up in her new home to find a swastika in her front yard.
The incident happened in a Florissant neighborhood, and authorities are treating it as a hate crime. But Jeaneen Taylor-Tate says it won’t scare her away.
“That’s not gonna push me out,” she said. “Not gonna scare me, but it needs to be dealt with. "Someone needs to know people are that ignorant to do something like that.”
Taylor-Tate had not been in her home two full days before the incident happened.
Police say weed killer was used to mark her front lawn with a swastika.
“Ignorance, that’s a hate crime and for them to do that,” she paused. “I have small children.”
Five small children to be exact. In fact, the family used to be homeless -- and this their first real home in years.
The realtor that sold Taylor-Tate the home says she’s saddened by what happened.
“I was trying to give her a place that was safe that her and her kids can call home and we wake up to this,” said Earnestine Dumaka.
Florissant police tell News 4 the investigation is ongoing, and no suspects are in custody.
Officers will be driving up and down the street keeping a lookout.