U.S. Latest News

4-year-old girl taken away from her mother after refusing to get off train tracks when police ordered them to do so

By William Martin 9:17 AM November 22, 2017
Child sitting on train tracks (illustration)

A young girl was taken from her mother and handed over to the Department of Family and Child Services in California.

The Palmdale Sheriff Station said in a press release that the mother, who was on the “wrong track,” was arrested for “playing chicken” on the train tracks with her 4-year-old child.

Police were called by concerned citizens regarding a woman and a child sitting on the train tracks near the intersection of 6th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard.

Detective Borits and Deputy Hegge arrived at the location and saw the child sitting on the train tracks while her mother, 26-year-old Ashley Hawkins, was 20 yards away looking down on her cell phone.

The deputies immediately told the mother and child to get off the train tracks and go to an area that is a safe distance away.

The mother told the detectives that she and her daughter sit on the train tracks every day.

The mother advised the officers that when a train approaches, she tells her daughter to move out of the way and they sit down again after the train passes.

Detective Bortis cautioned the mother on the dangers of “playing chicken” with the train. He warned her of a recent fatality of a man being hit by a train not far from that location.

“The mother expressed no due regard for the safety of her child and continued to state it was okay because they did it every day,” police said.

Police arrested Hawkins for willfully placing her young daughter in a dangerous situation.

She was charged with child endangerment and was booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

The child was taken into protective custody by the Department of Family and Child Services.