- 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.