Transcript for Neighbors face charges after mom says she endured years of racist harassment
We are following a troubling case tonight from Long Island, New York. The new arrests. A white couple and what they're accused of doing to their black neighbor for years, to the single mother of a 2-year-old girl. Here's ABC's janai Norman. Reporter: Tonight, this mother and registered nurse afraid to go home says she's the victim of years of racially-motivated terror, accusing her white next door neighbors of throwing feces and dead animals in her yard. The last straw was the dead squirrels for me. I think enough was enough at that point. Reporter: Monday, Nassau county's district attorney charged John mceneaney and Mindy canarick with harassing neighbor Jennifer mcleggan, saying it began in April 2017, when mcleggan, then pregnant, moved into her home on New York's Long Island. Authorities say the harassment included the couple throwing feces on their neighbor's lawn and shooting a pellet gun repeatedly across her property, causing her to live in fear for years. In this case, you know, all of us have to deal sometimes with bad neighbors, but this crossed into the realm of criminality. Reporter: In July, out of fear for life, mcleggan posted this now viral sign on her door detailing the harassment. I put up the sign in case something would happen. Someone would see there's a baby inside and kind of at least call my mom to pick up the baby. We stand with Jennifer! Reporter: Supporters rallying behind her, even standing guard outside her home. The couple now charged with criminal tampering, criminal mischief and harassment. And David, their lawyers tell us his client doesn't have a racist bone in his body and that the two families had squabbles like neighborhoods, but mcleggan and their 2-year-old daughter aren't staying here, because they don't feel safe. David? Janai, thank you. And from Washington state tonight, researchers now
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