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Mother Charged in Scott City Train Accident

Mother Charged in Scott City Train Accident
By CJ Cassidy

Scott City, MO - A new twist to the weekend train accident that left a little girl severely injured.

The seven-year-old continues to recover in a Saint Louis hospital, but authorities say the child's arm had to be amputated.

Now, the child's mother faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigators tell me 33-year-old Glenda Ross had three young children in her care at the time.

Police say Ross asked the children to crawl under a parked train and follow her. That's when the train moved, and struck the child.

Authorities say the child's right arm had to be amputated.

"We've never had that kind of a problem. It's tragic it's happened; I don't know if there's a way to prevent it from happening or preventing people making choices like this," Chief Don Cobb with the Scott City Police Department says.

Cobb says the child's mother instructed the children with her to follow her under the train.

He says another adult with the group chose to climb over the train.

"There's no way to fix this and like I said children are owed a certain standard of care and charges are appropriate i think and necessary," Cobb explains.

Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd calls the incident "a very unfortunate one for the child who was injured and the children who had to see it happen when safety was only yards away".

"To call this a case of poor judgement," Boyd says "Is an understatement. Instructing children to crawl through the box car of a live train is criminal."

"Scott City is a railroad town and the railroad runs through middle of it. The town was built around the railroad and the railroad has been here for 100 years we can't change that," Cobb adds.

Folks in town say they couldn't agree more.

"I don't understand why it happened, because the trains sound horn frequently," one woman said.

Another added, "With my little girl I never let her go near the tracks. I know the rules and the first thing I'm teaching being around tracks here, is if she even goes near she's in trouble," Rachel Rumfelt points out.

Chief Cobb says despite the circumstances, the little girl is very lucky to be alive.

He also adds the train driver did everything he was supposed to do, and hasn't had an incident like this happen in the two decades he's worked for the railroad company.

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