A VILE yob spat on a three-year-old girl's face while claiming he had coronavirus in a sickening attack.
Matt Batty, 28, was walking with daughter Alice-Rose when they were targeted by the gang of four thugs near their home in Barnsley.
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The youngster had told them they needed to "go home because of the nasty bugs" when one spat on his hand and wiped it down her face.
They even tried stealing Matt's shopping bag containing milk and sugar before fleeing on their bikes following the horror on Sunday.
The dad-of-two told Examiner Live: "We were walking back from the shops and my daughter saw these lads on their bikes and she said to me 'can I go out on my bike?'
"I said she couldn't because of the "nasty bugs" as that's how we've been explaining it to her and I said they shouldn't be out on their bikes.
"My daughter's a social butterfly so she said to them 'you need to go home boys because of the nasty bugs'.
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"They all then sped round and started hurling abuse at us and I told them to calm it down because she's three years old – just leave it be.
"We carried on walking past these bollards and I heard them behind on their bikes. I heard this spitting noise and I thought 'are you joking me?'
"I felt something hit my back and then I saw one of them spit in his hand and wipe it down the side of my daughter's face and say 'I've got corona'."
Little Alice-Rose broke down when she returned home and is now terrified to play outside in case the "nasty boys" attack her again.
Matt and wife Katie have since phoned the police, who visited their home to reassure the youngster.
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Alice-Rose even gifted the officer one of her Easter eggs as a thank you present but her parents are still fuming over the vile assault.
Matt said: "It's not a joke or a laughing matter. People are dying from this and it's not funny.
"They need to grow up. How would they like it if one of us did it to them? How would they like it if I spat on my hand and hurled abuse at a three-year-old?
"It's not like she was aggressive and they should have just laughed it off. If this boy is willing to spit on his hand and wiped it down my daughter's face, what would happen if he did it to a pensioner or someone more vulnerable who couldn't defend themselves?"
South Yorkshire Police confirmed they were investigating and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
A spokesperson said: "If you have any information which could help please call 101 quoting incident number 519 of April 19."
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