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INVESTIGATORS: Chaplain questions mother of boy who lost feet to train

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    A 9-year-old St. Paul boy who suffered a life-altering injury was remarkably able to pull himself to safety after a passing train severed both of his feet, and he shared his story with the FOX 9 Investigators.
    A 9-year-old St. Paul boy who suffered a life-altering injury was remarkably able to pull himself to safety after a passing train severed both of his feet, and he shared his story with the FOX 9 Investigators.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Marshawn Robinson is waiting for a pair of prosthetic feet after his were severed by a freight train in St. Paul just a few weeks ago, but his recovery was interrupted with what his family describes as a "strange visitor."

The 9-year-old spent nine days in the hospital after the accident, and while he and his mother tried to figure out how they were going to cope, they met a representative from the railroad.

Kim Farr admits the first days at the hospital with her adoptive son left her raw and vulnerable.

"'Oh my God, is my baby going to make it?' That was my first thought," she recalled.

While she was in that difficult emotional realm, a man came into her life, introducing himself as a chaplain; however, he was not from the hospital.

Canadian Pacific confirms they sent the chaplain because Robinson was likely injured by a train owned by Canadian Pacific Freight Train. Although the investigation is still continuing, the chaplain appeared at the hospital two or three times to leave Christian pamphlets with the boy.

"Said he was sorry about what happened, asked me my name," Farr remembered.

The man prayed for them, but Farr says he also asked a lot of questions.

"He asked me what happened, did I know Marshawn played on the tracks, do I know how he lost his legs," she said.

Michael Bryant, an attorney who has studied railroad injury cases, described the interactions as "very questionable."

"If he was just there to pray, that's great," Bryant said. "I hope everybody's praying for that mom, but the reality is, when you're asking the questions he's asking, that should be a great concern."

Farr told the FOX 9 Investigators the chaplain came back and talked to Robinson while he was alone in his hospital room at one point. A relative returned after a short time and interrupted the conversation, fearing the chaplain may have been seeking information for the railroad.

"He was down there to do a job," Farr said.

The material the chaplain left is also interesting. One pamphlet suggests that God doesn't cause pain unless there is a higher purpose for it, and another shared the biblical story of Job, raising the question of whether tragedy is caused by a person's own sin while praising Job's acceptance of his many torments and reluctance to place blame.

Canadian Pacific said the chaplain actually works for an independent company and visits family at the railroad's request, adding that the chaplain is not expected or required to report back to the railroad. The company insists the sole purpose of the visits is "an expression of concern and sympathy;" however, Canadian Pacific is currently reviewing its relationship with the independent company over the questions raised by the FOX 9 Investigators.

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