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Fresno Police: Mother arrested after 8-year-old girl hit and killed by train

44-year-old Joy Frances Collins charged with child neglect leading to great bodily harm or death

UPDATE: 12/18/18 - The 44-year-old mother of an 8-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a train in Fresno has been arrested.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer held a news conference Tuesday afternoon with updates to what led to the child's death.


Chief Dyer said witnesses heard the mother tell her children they had to hurry or they would miss the bus.

The mother sent her 9-year-old son under the train to get to the other side first and then sent her daughter second.

Dyer said the train was only stopped for about 12-seconds and started moving again while the girl was crossing under it.

The chief said the child was dragged about 500 feet and was partially dismembered.

While interviewing the mother, Dyer said this was not the first time they went under a train to catch a bus.

The mother, 44-year-old Joy Frances Collins, was arrested on charges of endangering/causing/permitting physical/mental injury to a child, trespassing on railroad property, and trespassing on railroad train.

The Coroner’s Office has released the name of girl hit and killed by a train on Monday as Joyanna Harris of Fresno.



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Monday, December 17, 2018 - Fresno Police say an 8-year-old girl was hit and killed by a train in Central Fresno.

Her body was found Monday on the train tracks near Belmont and Diana, just outside of Downtown Fresno.

Fresno Police say that she and a group of other kids were playing near a train that wasn't moving.

We're told she got hit, and the train started moving and dragged her.

Officers tell us that the exact train that struck the child hasn't been identified, or found.

Police say they're in touch with the child's mother.

At this point, not much else is being said about the victim.

It's unclear whether the train was a cargo train, or a passenger train.

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