Death Count Rises After Series of Tornadoes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Indiana man says he held hands and prayed with a family of five, just before they were killed in Friday's tornado in New Pekin.

Jason Miller tells NBC's "Today" show from his hospital bed that he took 15-month-old Angel Babcock and her family into his home right before the tornado that sucked all of them into the air.

The toddler was found alive in a field, but died two days later.

The death toll from Friday's storms stands at 39.

Snow has fallen today in some of the same areas already staggered by last week's deadly tornadoes. Forecasters say they expect a quick warm-up after the storms move away today.

A North Carolina family says three children were ripped from their beds by a tornado, throwing one about 100 feet away along a fence lining a highway. All have been released from hospitals and are back with relatives.

Latonya Stevens says her 7-year-old son Jamal was sucked from his room as a tornado tore apart the family home's second floor where he slept. It was one of nearly 200 homes damaged by the storm in the Charlotte area.

A neighbor found Jamal about 100 feet away, tossed to the far side of a fence along Interstate 485.

His 3-year-old sister Amber and 4-year-old Ayanna were released from a hospital on Sunday. Amber was found in her home's yard under some debris. Ayanna landed in a neighbor's yard.

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