The girl, Joyanna Harris, was told by her mother to crawl under the idling train to get to the bus, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer told the Fresno Bee. Her brother crossed first, but when Joyanna started to cross, the train lurched forward and trapped the child, dragging her several hundred feet, the newspaper reported. She died from traumatic injuries.
"When the train started to take off she got caught on the train and was dragged for about 100 yards," Fresno police Lt. Gerardo Chamalbide told KFSN.
Dyer said Collins told police she had directed her children to cross the track in this fashion on seven other occasions, KFSN reported.