Mother of toddler kill by subway was homeless, carrying Dollar Tree bags: report

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The mother of the 2-year-old boy who was killed by a subway train on Wednesday was living in a homeless shelter and carrying an armload of Dollar Tree bags when the boy was killed, according to The Daily News

Shayla Showell and her son, Shamari Anderson, were on their way uptown to their shelter in Harlem when he ran away from her at the Fulton Center station, the Daily News reports. The boy got his foot stuck between the platform and the incoming 2 train, and ended up pinned between the train car and the platform. He was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he died. 

Showell had been visiting her mother, Simone Stanely, at the Cypress Hills houses in Brooklyn, and stopped at the discount store on the way back to the shelter where she had lived for two months. Stanely told The Daily News that Showell had been hospitalized after Shamari's death and was remaining under care. 

An MTA report says that after the boy was stuck, customers were banging on the train operator's window "screaming at him not to move the train." 

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