Krista M. Sewell, 26, of Melville was arrested Thursday and accused of harassing a special-needs child, New York State police said Friday.
The charges include aggravated harassment 2nd, stalking 3rd (both misdemeanors) and hate crime/aggravated harassment 2nd (Felony).
The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation by the New York State Police and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department into the repeated harassment of a child with special needs via various social media sites and the U.S. Mail.
The victim, who suffers from harlequin ichthyosis which is a severe genetic disorder that affects the skin, was specifically targeted by Sewell, police said. Between December 2018 and November 2019, she posted numerous threatening messages to Facebook, Instagram and GoFundMe pages that had been set up by the victim’s family, they said. In addition, she sent threatening letters to the victim’s residence, according to authorities/
She was arraigned in the Town of Lloyd Court and was remanded to the Ulster County Jail. She is scheduled to appear back in court on Nov.12.
Anyone who feels that they could have been a victim of a similar incident involving Sewell is asked to contact the New York State Police at Kingston and speak with Investigator Joseph Temple at (845) 802-9296.