Storm kills Miss. girl, 3, when tree hits home

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 11:38 AM
Storm kills Miss. girl, 3, when tree hits home

A 3-year-old girl is dead after a storm blew an oak tree onto her family's home in southern Mississippi.

Pike County Coroner Percy Pittman says Jabriel M. Branch was in the same room with her parents when the tree crashed through the roof early Tuesday.

Pittman says Jabriel's mother, 26-year-old Chaquanna C. Miller, and father, 37-year-old Jeremy Branch, were being treated in a local emergency room. He says their injuries were not life threatening, but all three family members had to be cut out of the home because of the structural damage.

County emergency management director Richard Coghlan says it appears strong winds from a thunderstorm caused the damage in the city of McComb.

The death was first reported by the Enterprise-Journal.