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VIDEO: Woman Shoves 3-Year-Old Girl Face-First Onto Train Tracks In Portland

Portland, OR – A homeless woman shoved a three-year-old girl face-first onto the train track in northeast Portland last week (video below).

The incident occurred at the Gateway Transit Center MAX train platform on Dec. 28, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s office said in a press release the following day.

A TriMet video surveillance camera showed a three-year-old girl in a pink coat waiting for the train alongside her mother when a woman behind her suddenly jumped to her feet and shoved the girl from behind.

The child flew face-first onto the tracks as multiple people jumped up to get her to safety, the video showed.

But the woman who pushed her simply sat back down.

Schmidt said the attack occurred “without provocation,” and that the little girl “landed face-first onto the metal rail and rocks.”

The victim was left with a “severe headache” and a small red mark on her forehead as a result of the assault, he noted.

Other MAX riders said they were shocked by the ordeal.

“That was really cruel,” commuter Michael Reed told KPTV. “You know, like people just don’t care anymore, they don’t have respect.”

“There’s no excuse for that,” rider Blaine Danley agreed. “I don’t understand why someone would do something like that. They belong in jail. Out of one bad person there’s what? 15 or 20 good ones? I guess that’s one way to look at it.”

The suspect, 32-year-old Brianna Lace Workman, has been arrested on charges of third-degree assault, interfering with public transportation, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct, and first-degree attempted assault.

According to court records, Workman is homeless and resides in Portland, the Daily Mail reported.

“At Ms. Workman’s request, I am not requesting her release at this time, but I am objecting to the state’s motion of preventative detention,” her defense attorney said in a statement to the news outlet.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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