Video Used in Investigation of Girl Hit by SEPTA Train

Man was holding the child near the edge of the platform when she was hit

View Comments ()



    A 1-year-old girl is in critical condition after being struck by a SEPTA El train. (Published Friday, Nov. 15, 2013)

    The video of a girl being hit by a SEPTA train Friday night is "too gruesome" to release, but may help investigators determine whether anyone should be charged in the case.

    The one-year-old girl suffered severe head injuries when she was hit by a SEPTA train as it pulled into 30th Street Station in Philadelphia just before 8 p.m.

    Child Struck by SEPTA El Train

    [PHI] Child Struck by SEPTA El Train
    A 1-year-old is in critical condition after being struck by a SEPTA train. (Published Friday, Nov. 15, 2013)

    Police say the girl was being held by her mother's boyfriend. Investigators say he was standing toward the edge of the platform when he lost his footing as the westbound train rolled into the station.

    Both SEPTA and Philly police looked at the video. It shows the passing train hitting the baby in the head, according to sources close to the investigation who did not want to be named because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the case. The video also shows that the man lost control of the baby and the impact threw her against a wall. He fell onto the platform.

    The Accident Investigation Division of the Philadelphia police department is trying to decide how to proceed with the case. Investigators could push for charges if they determine the father was holding the baby too close to the train tracks.

    The girl's head injuries are so severe, Philadelphia police say her chances of recovering are not good.

    The man suffered minor injuries in the incident and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for treatment.

    The girl's mother was standing nearby, taking care of another child when the accident happened.

    More news from

    Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.