A hospital official has told the Associated Press that the Indiana toddler found in a field after Friday's violent tornadoes has died.
"Fourteen-month-old Angel Babcock of New Pekin, Indiana, was found after her family's mobile home was destroyed in the storms that ravaged the Midwest and South.She had been in critical condition at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Chief nursing officer Cis Gruebbel says she suffered head and neck injuries and her family decided to take her off life support."
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 the tornado. Her grandfather, Jack Brough, told AP that the family is thankful for the thoughts and prayers they have received and is looking to God.
NBC reports that the grandparents and doctors had decided to remove Angel Babcock from life support due to the severity of her injuries. At least 20 people were with her at the time she died, including two sets of grandparents, CNN reported.
Babcock's death brings the overall death toll from the storms to 39 across five states.
The blond hair and blue-eyed toddler had been found by authorities in a field, at first not knowing who she was or how she ended up there. 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.
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. Babcock's extended family eventually located the toddler and were with her at the time of her death.
Reflecting on the family killed in New Pekin, neighbor Andy Lanham told CNN that he was at a loss for words.
"They (were) good people," he said. "Nobody deserves it. I hate it."