FRESNO, Cali. (KSEE) — The mother of an 8-year-old girl who was killed by a train in Fresno, California Monday has been charged with felony child endangerment.
Police say 44-year-old Joy Collins was booked into the Fresno County Jail, but has since bailed out.
“I heard the little girl say mom mom, then I heard the train start up and I told my boyfriend to go help because there was a kid under the train,” said Crista Miller, who lives nearby.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says Joy Collins was afraid of missing their bus and told her two children to cross the tracks by climbing underneath the train which was stopped.
Her son made it through but 8-year-old Joyanna did not.
“The daughter was reluctant at first but upon being encouraged by the mother to cross the track she too made her way underneath the rail car and attempted to get to the other side,” Dyer said.
Police say the train had only stopped for a period of 12 seconds when it started up again. Joyanna was lodged underneath and said the train dragged the 8-year-old for about 500 feet.