On Monday evening, California mom Joy Frances Collins, 44, and her two children were attempting to catch a bus in their hometown of Fresno when a train blocked their path.

According to the Fresno Bee, the family needed to take the bus home, so Collins encouraged her children to go under the train when it was sitting idle to catch the bus on the other side.

Her 9-year-old son went first and made it successfully. But her 8-year-old daughter, Joyanna Harris, was reluctant to cross.

The mother allegedly shouted “hurry up” and the child obeyed. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at the press conference:

“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.”

As Joyanna crawled under the train, it lurched forward and she got stuck.

James Whitehead and Christy Miller live near the tracks and heard screaming when the train started to move, they told the Fresno Bee.

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The little girl was dragged about 500 feet with the train as her mother chased behind. Whitehead ran along the train but was also unable to help Joyanna.

By the time the mother was able to pull the child out, she had already died from serious injuries. Miller said she saw the child on the tracks during the incident:

“I’m so depressed. I don’t know what to do.”

Collins was arrested and charged with felony abuse, trespassing on railroad property, and trespassing on a railroad train.

The sheriff said the mother had told her children to crawl under the train several times in the past and had been contacted by Child Protective Services.

This time, the train was only stopped for about 12 seconds before it started to move again, said Dyer. He added that the mother is “hurting.”

Local residents have called for a fence to be put up near the train tracks.

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14 Replies to “Little Girl Dies When Mom Tells Her to ‘Hurry Up’ and Crawl Under Train to Catch Bus Across the Track”

  • Melissa 2 years ago

    That’s sad. But why put your kids in danger you have to think about the what ifs. A fence should definitely be put up. What if a kid fell down into a train?

    • nancy keyes 2 years ago

      A fence? That wouldn’t help. You can walk around a fence, jump over a fence, and so on. This won’t fix stupid people from doing stupid things. Just like a gate for traffic and then there is the idiot who decides he doesn’t have to wait and goes around those gates and gets hit. What are you going to do now? Outlaw trains? If a kid fell down into a train? What would a kid be doing that close to a train to begin with? Has it happened? Probably, because someone took a stupid chance and lost. There is no what ifs here. Stupid mother and I hope she goes to jail for a long time and her other kids will be safer without her putting them in harm’s way. This little girl lost her life and probably suffered greatly before she passed from her injuries. It should not have happened.

  • Herb Wolfe 2 years ago

    Who does that to their child? No one with any sanity! This is sickening!

  • Nick Tsambassis 2 years ago

    Definitely tragic; at least they weren’t trying to re-enact the train escape scene from “von Ryan’s Express.” The abuse and trespassing charges are warranted, though, since she shouldn’t have put her children at such great risk just to get from point A to point B.

  • Tom 2 years ago

    Why should a fence be put up to stop people. The public with common sense know not to do something that is dangerous like that; even the little girl knew it was dangerous but to not be scorn by the mother she went against her better judgment. People are not being held responsible for there actions and the public make it the fault of something or someone else instead of tell these people to start thinking before doing.

  • David 2 years ago

    A fence wont stop things like this when the adult that is in charge is STUPID enough to tell a child to crawl under a train!

    • Joe 2 years ago

      The worst part is, the child had enough sense to be reluctant, but the mother who’s obviously not intelligent enough to be on her own, let alone have children in her care, coerced her to do it anyway… Mom, who is supposed to look out for, protect, and nurture, instead advises decision thatcresults in death… She ought to be charged with murder… Dumb-ass people.

  • Mel 2 years ago

    Extremely poor judgement on the part of the mother and she disobeyed warnings prior so therefore arrest her and have her spend years in prison. It is time that we stand up and be voices for these little children and hold the parent accountable when the child is injured or in this case death occurred. A lot of times parents get a slap on the wrist and that is not right. A child is severely injured or dies and parents have no consequences. Wrong! The big question is why would a parent put their child in harm’s way? Sad and tragic!

  • Zeek 2 years ago

    Don’t call this creature a “Mom” or a “mother.”

  • Ginger 2 years ago

    How disgusting that a mother would encourage her young child to do something that the child could sense was dangerous. Now, you have a dead child as a result of your negligence. So very sad, but so very preventable. And, how horrible for the brother to have to watch his sister die, then his mother be arrested. Such a bad situation.

  • Patrick Cross 2 years ago

    That “mother” should be tortured to death for her stupidity

  • masterredfox 2 years ago

    That train must be on a ground level to be adjunct to a street where a bus runs. I still wouldn’t cross over train tracks with children.

  • christopher musser 2 years ago

    Throw the book at this moron! She is psychotic and directly responsible for the death of this little girl!

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