Orphaned toddler remains critical in Kentucky hospital

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 04, 2012 4:03 PM
Orphaned toddler remains critical in Kentucky hospital

(Reuters) - An orphaned toddler who was found alone in a field in tornado-ravaged southeastern Indiana remained in critical condition on Sunday, hospital officials said.

The girl, initially thought to be about 2 years old, was identified on Sunday as 14-month-old Angel Babcock by the Louisville Courier Journal newspaper.

Angel was found near her family's destroyed mobile home in New Pekin, Indiana on Friday afternoon after her parents and two siblings had perished in the tornadoes.

Officials had originally reported that Angel was found 10 miles away in Salem, Indiana, but a spokeswoman for the St. Vincent Salem Hospital where she was initially taken said Sunday that she was found close to her home.

On Sunday, extended family members kept a vigil at the girls' bedside at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, where Angel has been in critical condition since she was airlifted there on Friday evening.

"She is in extremely critical condition," Jack Brough, Angel's grandfather, said in an interview with the Louisville 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."

Angel's family were the only four people killed in Washington County, one of the hardest hit areas, Indiana officials said.

The Louisville paper identified them as her parents Joseph Babcock, 21, and Moriah Brough, 20; and her siblings, Jaydon Babcock, also a toddler, and Kendall Babcock, 2 months.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Gooden described the damage in the New Pekin and nearby Henryville area as "mass destruction."

Donations for the girl can be made through www.helpkosairchildrenshospital.com, or call the hospital at 502-629-8060.

(Reporting By Barbara Goldberg and Karen Brooks; Editing by Peter Bohan)