‘THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD’: Woman leaves racist note on neighbor's door

Chelsea Robinson-WLWT

PHOTO SOURCE: Howard County Sheriff's Department

GREENTOWN, Ind. —  A 63-year-old Indiana woman has been arrested after police say she left a racist letter on the door of her neighbor's recently purchased house.

The Kokomo Tribune reports Deborah Cantwell has been charged with misdemeanor counts of intimidation and criminal mischief for a crime. She has also been served a protection order that prohibits her from contacting the family involved. She has been released on bond.

Police were contacted Oct. 13 when the husband and father of the family found his Greentown home toilet-papered in addition to the racist note.

“No N---- wanted in this neighborhood-THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD-some people find N-----Stressful,” the message read. "YOUR N---- KID IS NOT WELCOME.”

One of the couple's children is black, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

The note contained claims of stress-related health issues and read that “just the sight of the child reminds me of all the things I live in this town to forget.”

Days after the note was found, the father told officers he suspected Cantwell was behind it. The home's seller had reportedly previously told him Cantwell was upset about the family moving in because of their black son.

Investigators discovered text messages Cantwell sent to another unidentified person.

“I am stressing now that we are going to get black neighbors,” Cantwell texted. “I am hoping that more people look at the house and an all-white family are the ultimate buyers. I am afraid the stress of black neighbors could put me in the hospital. My blood pressure is elevated just thinking about the possibility."

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