BURLINGTON, N.J.—A woman who allegedly threw a 5-year-old girl onto the tracks as a train was approaching has been charged with attempted murder.
Police in Burlington, New Jersey, went to the light rail platform around 8:30 p.m. Friday after a New Jersey Transit bus driver reported a suspicious woman.
As officers waked onto the platform to approach 20-year-old Autumn Matacchiera, she allegedly grabbed the girl who had been standing with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. She then threw the child onto the tracks.
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The boyfriend quickly got the girl to safety as police jumped in front of the train to signal it to stop.
Matacchiera was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. The child was treated at a hospital for a facial cut and some bruising.