- 03/04/12, 5:00 p.m. Local news outlets are reporting that Angel Babcock died this afternoon at Kosair Children's Hospital. A deputy coroner says Angel died at 4:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon from traumatic brain injuries.
- 03/04/12, 4:00 p.m. Intitial reports of the Southern Indiana toddler discovered in a Washington County field indicated that Friday's massive tornado has somehow blown her a great distance from her home. It now appears that 14-month-old Angel Babcock, who remains in critical condition at Louisville's Kosair Children's Hospital, was found only a short distance from the destroyed mobile home of her parents. “She is in extremely critical condition,” Jack Brough, Angel’s grandfather, said in an interview with the Courier-Journal . “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.”
Earlier yesterday, officials reported the deaths of Angel’s parents, Joseph Babcock, 21; and Moriah Brough, 20; and her siblings, Jaydon Babcock, 2, and Kendall Babcock, 2 months.
The blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby who was found in Salem, Indiana, has miraculously survived, but is in critical condition, according to hospital authorities. The girl was discovered about 30 miles west of Marysville, a 1,900-person town described by Clark County Sheriff's Department Maj. Chuck Adams as "completely gone."
The deadly storms, which stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes, have killed at least 40 people in four states — Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Alabama — but miraculously spared most of the metropolitan Louisville area.
When the child was found Friday night, she was first taken to a hospital in Salem, Ind. Melissa Richardson, a spokeswoman for St. Vincent Salem Hospital, said authorities are trying to determine how the child wound up in the field alone, 10 miles from her home. Kosair Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Richardson told ABCNews.com  today that the child’s family is from New Pekin, Indiana about 10 miles south of where the child was found.
Cis Grubbel, chief nursing officer for Kosair Children’s Hospital, told WAVE-3’s Joey Brown  that the girl, whose name is not being released, lost both of her parents, her three-year-old brother and her two-month-old sister in the storm. She said the girl is being cared for by extended family members. Gruebbel would not disclose the types of injuries the child suffered.
Grubbel also told WHAS-11  that, in addition to the two-year-old girl, an eight-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl are being treated at the hospital, suffering from blunt force injuries. One is listed in serious condition and the other is in fair condition.
Meanwhile, in Chelsea, Indiana, a four-year old girl ripped from her mother's arms as they huddled together in a cellar, was not as fortunate. The child and her great grandparents, who were upstairs during the twister, were found dead in a field behind their home. “We lost a very good farmer, a good neighbor and his wife their great grandbaby,” Tony Williams, owner of the Chelsea General Store told ABCNews.com .
After viewing the catastrophic damage from Friday’s severe storms and tornadoes on Saturday morning, Governor Steve Beshear spoke with both President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to relay critical emergency information and reaffirm Kentucky’s commitment to get relief to citizens quickly.
“The scope and magnitude of devastation in some of our communities is unlike anything I have ever seen,” said Gov. Beshear. “I’ve been in close contact with President Obama since Thursday to ensure we will have the resources our families will need to recover from these storms.”
Gov. Beshear authorized the Kentucky National Guard to deploy to communities as needed to assist with lifesaving efforts, security, and traffic control. So far, more than 220 troops have mobilized to five counties in Kentucky.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said that "Mother Nature has dealt harshly with Indiana" in a statement Friday. He says humans "are no match for Mother Nature at her worst" despite advances in disaster preparedness, warning systems and responder communications.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks Friday regarding the severe storms that hit Kentucky:
"Elaine and I are praying for the families of the victims and to all those who have been affected by these terrible storms that hit Kentucky over the past two days. My office has been in contact with the Governor's office and I will continue to closely follow developments to help wherever we can. Finally, I want to extend my gratitude to the first responders, including the Kentucky National Guard, who are providing the much-needed response and relief."
You can help: The American Red Cross will collect monetary donations at the KFC Yum Center on Saturday night before the Jimmy Buffet concert to benefit the Kentucky and Indiana victims of Friday’s tornadoes. Volunteers will have collection points set up on the plaza at 5 p.m. Cash and checks will be accepted.
Kroger stores throughout the region are also teaming up with the American Red Cross as collection points for cash donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Fund. Customers can donate any amount they wish as they purchase groceries. Their donation will be added to their total and will be listed on their receipt.
Northeast Christian Church is taking donations to help Henryville. They are accepting bottled water, non-perishable food, clothes, blankets to be donated to Red Cross. (Address: 9900 Brownsboro Road Louisville, KY 40241)
Rocky’s Sub Pub will donate a portion of sales from the weekend, including Friday night, directly to the American Red Cross and their relief effort for Washington County, Henryville, Charlestown and other surrounding communities affected by the tornadoes.
Video of Southern Indiana tornado, taken from Memphis Indiana 15 miles north of Louisville. Video shot facing North.
Henryville, Indiana flattened by storms
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