Woman being held without bail for allegedly pushing 3-year-old onto train tracks in Portland

An Oregon woman arrested Wednesday after allegedly shoving a toddler onto the tracks at a Portland train station was held without bail following a request, not from the prosecution but, from the defense.

(Video: KOIN)

As a mother and her three-year-old daughter waited for a train at the Gateway Transit Center MAX platform in Northeast Portland earlier this week, a surveillance camera captured the disturbing footage as a woman rose from her seat on a bench and, seemingly unprovoked, shoved the child toward the tracks.

The victim was said to have suffered a headache and a red mark on her face where her head struck the track and a bystander jumped down to rescue the child averting further tragedy after the suspect, 32-year-old Brianna Lace Workman allegedly assaulted her according to a statement from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department.

Workman, a homeless woman in Portland, was arraigned on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to all charges brought against her, KOIN reported. The listed offenses were attempted assault in the first degree, assault in the third degree, interfering with public transportation, disorderly conduct in the second degree and recklessly endangering another person.

According to the mother, neither she nor her daughter had had any interactions with the suspect leading up to the attack. Despite claims of her own innocence, the suspect’s attorney said, “At Ms. Workman’s request, I’m not requesting her release at this time, but I am objecting to the state’s motion of preventative detention.”

KGW looked into the criminal record of the alleged attacker and found that Workman had a history of felony convictions, including her most recent from 2013 where she was found to be in possession of heroin.

Since then, she has only been charged with misdemeanors including one dismissed from June 2021 where she was arrested after allegedly slashing a man who had invited her into his room to have breakfast. Workman had said at the time she’d “had a mental breakdown” and recalled, “I don’t know why I hit him. I was trying to kill myself by stabbing him.”

TriMet, the Portland transit authority, released a statement in response to the attack and said, “This was a scary situation for everyone involved. We are thankful for the fast actions of TriMet staff and security personnel who were nearby and assisted, and the transit police division for their quick response. The toddler and her family are in our thoughts.”

Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schmidt has frequently come under fire for his response to rampant crime throughout the area and Portland in particular where Antifa has frequently engaged in violent rioting. With regard to violence and the homeless population, in September his office dropped charges against a homeless woman who had already been released with bail set at $0 after she had been found sleeping in the bed of a private residence in the city.

When the 54-year-old homeless woman was discovered in the bed, the homeowner left the room telling a friend whom she was on the phone with that she needed help before the intruder allegedly picked up an ottoman and attacked her.

Workman is scheduled to next appear in court on Jan. 9, 2023.

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