The trial of a Greentown woman who police say admitted to leaving a racist letter on the home of a family with a biracial son was delayed this week.
Deborah Cantwell, 63, was slated to appear in court for a pretrial conference early this week, but her case was delayed following a motion to continue filed by her lawyer and approved by prosecutors.
Cantwell is now scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference in Howard Superior Court III on March 11, followed by a jury trial on April 5.
A 63-year-old Greentown woman was arrested Thursday after police say she left a racist lette…
Howard County deputies arrested Deborah Cantwell and charged her with misdemeanor counts of intimidation and criminal mischief on Oct. 25 after police say she left a bigoted letter aimed at the 15-year-old biracial child on her neighbors’ front door.
The case kicked off at 1:13 a.m. Oct. 13, when the husband and father of the family contacted a Howard County sheriff’s deputy, reporting that his family’s Greentown home had been toilet-papered and a racist letter attached to the door.
“YOUR N---- KID IS NOT WELCOME,” typed Cantwell in all-caps, detailing her desire for “a white neighborhood.” She admitted during an interview to writing the letter out of anger and toilet-papering the yard, say police.
The incident has traumatized the boy and his family.
“The letter Deborah Cantwell wrote affected me physically,” the 15-year-old wrote in a victim statement filed in Howard Superior Court 3. “I have had trouble focusing in school which has affected my school work and grades.
“I went from A’s and B’s to C’s and D’s. This has affected me emotionally. I am scared to sleep because my mind is always racing with thoughts. When I do sleep I don’t want to wake up.”
A GoFundMe page started by the boy’s mother raised $9,340, and pictures posted on the page show the completion of a new wooden fence around the family’s yard. The family has also used the money to purchase a security system and retain a lawyer.
“Lastly, I have tried to keep up with all the messages and comments and everyone's positive words in general. It has been completely overwhelming and humbling to see that we are not alone, and to see everyone’s support,” wrote the mother, Amy Pundt.
“I have tried to read them all to my son (the victim in this) in hopes that it will continue to lift his spirits.”
The court approved a no-contact order between Cantwell and the family on Jan. 10.