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Default Fresno mudshark to be charged in death of 8-year-old girl killed by train


Fresno mother to be charged in death of 8-year-old girl killed by train
WARNING: Some of the details in this case may be disturbing to some readers

Updated: Dec 18, 2018 10:19 PM PST

FRESNO, California - The mother of the 8-year-old girl who was killed by a train in central Fresno on Monday has been charged with "child neglect likely to cause great bodily injury or death."

Around 6 p.m., Joy Frances Collins, 44, was walking with her children in the area of Belmont Avenue near Effie Street.

A train about a mile long slowed down and then stopped.

Collins crossed under the train and then told her son to hurry and cross or they would miss the bus. The boy crossed.

Then Collins yelled at her daughter to cross even though she was reluctant to do so, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Tuesday.

The 8-year-old girl did as her mother told and crossed under the train car. That's when the train began to move again.

The girl got stuck and was dragged about 500 feet, Dyer said.

Collins was able to then pull the girl from under the train.

When officers arrived on scene, the girl was dead.

Dyer said that the girl had traumatic injuries and was partially dismembered.

She was identified as Joyanna Harris, 8.

Collins told police in her interview that she has crossed under trains several times with her children, Dyer said.
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