August 14, 1998
Filed by Bay Cities News Service
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center doctors say a 3-year-old boy named Joseph who lost his mother and his left leg this morning in a train accident is in stable condition.
Dr. Catherine Albin said Joseph is still sedated after about two hours of surgery this afternoon at the hospital.
The boy's leg was severed by the train when his mother stepped in front of a northbound Caltrain at about 11 a.m. today. Santa Clara police believe the mother killed in the incident, identified as 36-year-old Sri Banon of Campbell, acted deliberately.
Albin said the child probably "does not understand the significance of his mother's actions."
While Santa Clara police did not say what may have motivated Banon, Albin said, "It's not uncommon for mothers who are desperate and want to take their own lives to want to take their children with them."
The boy's father stayed with the child at the hospital for much of the afternoon.
The Santa Clara Police Officers Assocation has estasblished a trust fund where contribuitions can be made to pay for Joseph's medical care and rehabilitation.
Police Lt. Walter Rees said that donations can be sent to the Joseph Bialowas Trust Fund, Mission City Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 466, Santa Clara CA 95052-0466.
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