Rescued toddler remains in critical, with family

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Posted: Mar 03, 2012 1:13 PM
Rescued toddler remains in critical, with family

(Reuters) - A toddler girl rescued from a field in tornado-ravaged southeast Indiana remained in critical condition on Saturday in a Kentucky hospital, a spokesman told Reuters.

Members of her family have arrived at the Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, where she was flown by helicopter on Friday evening from a tiny rural hospital near Salem, Indiana, said hospital spokesman Brian Rublein.

He declined to detail her injuries and said it was unclear who had found her, where her family was during the ordeal, how they were located and which members of the family were at the hospital.

The girl, estimated to be between 20 months and three years old, was found alone in a field in Salem on Friday in the hours after tornados ripped through Washington County.

Four died in Washington County, but Salem wasn't the hardest hit, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Gooden. The worst of the damage was between 10 and 20 miles to the southeast, near Pekin and Henryville, an area Gooden described as "mass destruction."

(Reporting and writing By Karen Brooks)