A Long Island woman has been arrested for allegedly harassing an uppermost, suffering from a rare genetic condition that causes her skin to crack when exposed to air, police say.
"I have no idea why she chose to do this," the mother of 2-year-old child Jenny Riley told The Post on Sunday, citing 26-year-old suspect Krista Sueel of Melville.
"This past year has had a lot of difficulties at times, but we are very relieved to know that she was arrested," said Sueel's mother.
Riley's daughter, Anna, was born with a condition known as "harlequin ichthyosis", which causes her skin to thicken and crack immediately after exposure to air. The painful crack creates open wounds all over the body that can resemble ornamental costumes with harlequin characters in diamond-shaped costumes.
Daily daycare includes three hours a day in a special moisturizing bath, another hour of hair combing prevents her follicles from clogging and more time applying lotion all over her body, her mother told The Post in October .
Riley chronicles her child's life on a Facebook page entitled "Hope for Anna."
But Ulster County's mother wrote on Facebook on Friday that she and her daughter, as well as other ichthyosis sufferers, were targeted by Heather.
"Countless messages, emails and comments have been sent to the charts for us to share. Not only is it not good to send these types of messages, but it is also illegal, ”Riley wrote.
State police raided Sewell on Thursday for allegedly threatening the young child on Facebook, Instagram and GoFundMe and in letters sent to her family's home.
Sewell is charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and is being held in the Ulster County Jail in lieu of a $ 25,000 bail or $ 50,000 bond. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment through prison and a relative hung up on The Post when reached by phone Sunday.
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