3 Year Old Found Alive In Dead Moms Arms
VENUS, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A 3-year-old girl was found alive in her dead mother’s arms after the two were thrown hundreds of feet from their Venus home during a tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Debby.
Heather Town, 32, died Sunday when her
“I am so proud of my daughter,” Elmer Town,
Heather’s father, told WGRZ-TV. “I can picture her holding that little girl of
hers. She died for her.” Town added that his granddaughter suffered a broken
pelvis and broken ribs.
The two were covered in debris and barbed
wire when found.
“When they found her, she was literally
holding her baby, her little girl,” neighbor Kim Bass told WTVT-TV. “They took
the little child from her because she was having a hard time breathing and she had barbed wire on her and was in a very dense section
of woods, about 50 feet back there.”
Heather Town died at the scene. Anne Marie is
currently in stable condition at
The National Hurricane Center said Debby was
about 85 miles west of Cedar Key, Fla., and moving eastward near 3 mph. It had
maximum sustained winds near 45 mph, barely tropical-storm status.
But the wind, high surf and relentless rain
have made the storm’s presence felt.
The Florida Highway Patrol closed portions of
Interstate 10 in north
South of that stretch of I-10, four puppies
and a young dog drowned when a swollen creek flooded an animal shelter in the
Farther south, in the