Homeless woman who shoved girl, 3, onto train tracks found guilty, insane

NEWS: Homeless woman who shoved girl, 3, onto train tracks found guilty, insane



A homeless Oregon woman seen in harrowing video shoving a 3-year-old girl face-first onto train tracks has been found guilty except for insanity — and sentenced to 10 years in a psychiatric facility.

Brianna Lace Workman, 33, pushed little Zoe Rodriguez off a MAX platform and onto the tracks at Portland’s Gateway Transit Center on Dec. 28, 2022.

“The child landed face-first onto the metal rail and rocks before being quickly rescued,” Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said at the time.

The girl — who was standing next to her mom, Catalina, when she was pushed — quickly sat up and reached for good Samaritans who jumped to her rescue, video of the terrifying drama showed.

Amazingly, she survived the ordeal with a small red mark on her face and a severe headache.

Brianna Lace Workman, 33, an Oregon woman who was caught on video pushing a 3-year-old girl onto train tracks, has been found guilty except for insanity.

Workman had been homeless and living on the city’s streets intermittently since 2011, according to records cited by Oregon Live.

She was initially found mentally fit for trial in November. But Circuit Judge Nan Waller ultimately determined that Workman’s schizoaffective disorder left her unable to understand her crime.

Workman was convicted Wednesday of assault, attempted assault, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and interfering with public transportation, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office said.

The child seen seconds before being pushed. Multnomah County District Attorney
Zoe fell “face-first” onto the tracks, officials said. Multnomah County District Attorney

She will be committed to the state’s psychiatric hospital for a maximum of 10 years, but is eligible for conditional release or discharge during that time if found to no longer present a danger to others.

“This is a case that’s really frightening, I think, for the community,” prosecutor Julian Samuels said after the short trial. “The resolution shows that people are being held accountable for their actions, but also getting the care that they need.”



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