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Southern Indiana woman wakes up to find racist messages scrawled on property

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A single mother of Cuban and African-American descent woke up this week to hateful messages at her family's southern Indiana home, and she says the reason may have little to do with race.

Mia Frias-Russell lives in the first home you see on Highway 60 in Campbellsburg, Ind.

And Wednesday morning, she no longer felt welcome. 

"I was just shaking and in so much fear of who could of done it and why," Frias-Russell said.

The racist messages stained her shed and her car. There was profanity and the N-word and even sugar in her gas tank. 

Frias-Russell says its been building for five weeks

"I have been getting yelled N***** B**** out here mowing the grass several times."

The single mother of three blames it all on a custody battle, saying a private detective recently came to town and spread stories to her neighbors. 

"That I am a drug user, drug abuser ... that I'm a dangerous person, and none of those things are facts," she said.

"I truly believe ... it's gotten around to the wrong ignorant person, and this is what happened."

Indiana State Police say they're not just investigating this as vandalism. It could be a hate crime.

It's a very disturbing situation, obviously," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin with ISP. "Either the person responsible for this is a child or an adult with a child-like mentality. We're taking it very seriously."

The world watched Frias-Russell's reaction as she live-streamed on Facebook.

The videos been viewed more than million times 

"The community has been extremely supportive and come to my aide," she said.

"Why not come over and get to know me instead of committing a crime like this?"

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