Mother Sentenced in Heartbreaking Train Tragedy That Claimed Daughter’s Life

by Jessica

In a tragic incident that unfolded in December 2018 in Fresno, California, Joy Frances Collins, the mother of a young girl who lost her life attempting to crawl under a moving train, has been sentenced to six years in prison, as detailed in court records.

Collins’ arrest occurred in December 2018, when she was charged with child abuse after instructing her 8-year-old daughter, Joyanna Harris, to crawl under an idling train. The ill-fated decision was driven by the intention to catch a bus on the opposite side of the tracks, according to information provided by the police at that time.

Tragically, Joyanna Harris lost her life moments later, having followed her 9-year-old brother, who had successfully crawled under the moving train but sustained injuries in the process. Collins, facing charges of child abuse and endangerment, was found guilty on two counts in October, leading to her sentencing this week, reported  Yahoo.

During the sentencing, Collins made a plea to the judge, expressing remorse and seeking leniency to avoid imprisonment, as reported by KFSN. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t regret any of that, and I do,” Collins reportedly stated. “And I beg for your mercy so I won’t have to go into prison.”

The tragedy has left Collins’ son in the custody of his grandparents, as revealed by the outlet. At the time of her arrest, Fresno police asserted that Collins had urged her daughter to “hurry up” while attempting to crawl under the moving train, adding a distressing layer to this devastating incident. The court’s decision reflects the serious consequences of this unfortunate event, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of children in such circumstances.

If you suspect child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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