California Woman Made Daughter, 8, Crawl Under Train to Catch Bus -Then it Lurched, Killing Her

A California mother has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after making her 8-year-old daughter was kileld by a train which she had made her crawl underneath in order to get to the other side of the tracks.

Joy Frances Collins, 44, has been charged with child neglect likely to cause great bodily injury or death after urging her daughter, Joyanna Harris, and 9-year-old son to cross the tracks in Fresno in order to catch a bus home.

Collins's son managed to make it under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train, which measures at nearly a mile long. Collins then turned and urged her daughter to follow through to the other side of the tracks.

"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 reach the other side,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said in a press conference, reports KFSN.

"And the girl went under, the train started moving, and she got caught, and she started getting dragged."

The child was pulled along the tracks by the train for nearly 500 feet, according to the Fresno Bee.

Dyer said that Collins previously made her children crawl underneath idle trains on at least seven other occasions.

Police said that despite the girl's death being an accident, officer's have a responsibility to hold whoever was accountable for their actions.

"We know that she is hurting," Dyer said. "I hope people understand that there is a balance that we have to achieve in law enforcement.

“No one wanted to arrest the mother for this crime. But the law is the law.

“It's an unfortunate tragedy, but at the end of the day this was preventable," Dyer added.

David Hunt, who lives close to the tracks where the accident occulted, says similar incidents occur all too frequently.

"This is the second body I've seen since I've been here, I've been here a year,” Hunt told KFSN. “I think it's about the fifth time somebody has been hit."

Local residents have reportedly being asking for a barrier or fence to be placed on each side of the tracks in order to stop children playing on them.

Collins was booked into Fresno County Jail following her arrest. She has since been released from custody after posting bail.

Joy Frances Collins
Joy Frances Collins has been charged with child neglect likely to cause great bodily injury or death after her daughter was killed by a freight train while crossing train tracks. Fresno Police