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Indiana Toddler Dies; Cleanup From Tornado Devastation Continues

From the Associated PressWhen rescuers found 15-month-old Angel Babcock alive last week in an Indiana field after a deadly tornado killed her parents and two siblings, it appeared as a ray of hopeful news amid the tales of death and destruction. But the New Pekin, Ind., toddler died of her injuries Sunday, bringing to 39 the number of people killed by the storms that devastated fives states. The National Weather Service said the tornado that struck New Pekin measured an EF-3 on the enhanced Fujita scale, while another tornado that struck nearby Henryville, Indiana measured an EF-4 and packed winds of 175 miles per hour. As residents picked through the rubble and made plans bury their dead, they also began trying to find a semblance of normalcy as officials continued to assess the damage.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.