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UPDATE (8:50 p.m. 3/4/12): Angel Babcock Died Sunday at 4:10 p.m.
The 20-month-old baby girl found alone in an Indiana field in the aftermath of Friday's tornado devastation is the lone survivor of her family of five.
Angel Babcock's 21-year-old father Joseph Babcock, 20-year-old mother Moriah Brough, 2-year-old brother and 2-month-old sister all perished in a tornado that ripped through New Pekin, Ind. and somehow transported the little girl into the field, WXYZ-TV reported.
According to the Louisville, Ky. Courier-Journal, neighbors said the family was seen hunkering down in their mobile home, lying face down in a hallway with their hands clasped in prayer as the tornado approached. A family friend told WXYZ they were violently thrown from the home and their bodies scattered.
"Kendall was a month-and-a-half old. And she was found in her car seat upside down. Jayden was 2 years old and he was found under the rubble," Sherry Young, the mother of Joseph Babcock's best friend told the station. "Joseph was found on the opposite side of the road from his house. Moriah was found underneath a tree. Angel was found out in the middle of the field all alone. She’s 20 months old."
There are conflicting reports about how far away from her home Angel was found, and whether she was completely by herself or was surrounded by her deceased family members. Some reports said the field was in Salem, Ind., 10 miles away from New Pekin, while other reports said she was found close to her home.
She was initially taken to a hospital in Salem before being flown to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky. with no name and no family. A spokeswoman for the Salem hospital told the Associated Press that Angel was found near her home.
After she was brought to Kosair, authorities used television broadcasts to put out a search for her relatives. Cis Gruebbel, vice president of patient care services at Kosair, told the Courier-Journal the little girl's extended family is now with her.
"She is in extremely critical condition,” her grandfather Jack Brough told the newspaper. “She’s had a lot of injuries to her head. The doctors told us that the next 24-48 hours are very critical. I’m just asking everyone to pray for my granddaughter and for my family.”
Sherry Young told WXYZ the family did not have any insurance, and a Bank of America fund has been set up for them called the Babcock Family Fund. Money collected will be used to pay for funeral expenses, and any funds remaining will go into a trust fund for Angel.
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