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Report: Mother of 2-Year-Old Boy Killed by Subway Was on Way to Shelter

Shamari Anderson was fatally struck Wednesday by an uptown No. 2 train at the Fulton Center station

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  • A woman and her 2-year-old son were on their way to a homeless shelter on Wednesday when the boy somehow fell onto a No. 2 train track
  • The NY Daily News reported that Shayla Showell, 20, was carrying several bags and the boy slipped away from her at the Fulton Center station
  • The MTA's internal report obtained by the outlet said commuters yelled at the operator of the train and banged on his window telling him not to move the train

The mother of a 2-year-old boy killed by a subway in Manhattan had been on her way to a homeless shelter in Harlem when her toddler slipped away from her.

The New York Daily News reported Thursday that 20-year-old Shayla Showell had been carrying several bags after stopping at a Dollar Tree and had put her son down on the subway platform to fix his clothes.

Shamari Anderson was fatally struck Wednesday by an uptown No. 2 train at the Fulton Center station.

The Daily News cited an internal report from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that said the boy's foot became wedged between the platform and the train.

The report said commuters yelled at the operator of the train and banged on his window telling him not to move the train.

Emergency crews freed the boy but he was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.

Tired of messy subway cars, the transit union says riders are taking their frustrations out on workers — who blame the sloppy conditions on the MTA cutting 80 cleaning positions. NBC New York’s Andrew Siff reports.

NYC Transit President Andy Byford released a statement saying the child “apparently became separated from his mother” before he was hit.

“Our hearts break for the family and the MTA is praying for them,” Byford said in the statement. “Our thoughts are with the crew of the train as well."

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