As the death toll from Friday's tornado wave across the Midwest continues to rise, the story of one particularly chilling and tragic death has emerged: That of a 4-year-old boy who was literally ripped out of his mother's arms.
It happened Friday in Jefferson County in southern Indiana, local NBC affiliate WAVE-TV reported. Family friend Tony Williams said 4-year-old Daylin Terry Jackson was in a basement with his mother, Amanda Jackson, when the storm hit around 3 p.m. local time.
The boy's mother and sister both survived. His great-grandparents, who were upstairs, did not.
"She was in the cellar with the boy when the tornado hit. It blew him right out of her hands," Williams said, according to Reuters. "They found the bodies in the field outside."
"We lost a very good farmer, a good neighbor and his wife their great grandbaby," Williams told ABC.
Amanda Jackson had surgery Friday night and is in the hospital.