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Toddler, family killed in twister are laid to rest

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Friends and family gather for the funeral service and burials of Angel Babcock, her parents and her siblings at Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem, Ind., on Monday.

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Angel Babcock

SALEM, Ind -- The toddler found alive in a field but who later died of her tornado injuries was laid to rest along with her parents and siblings on Monday.

Angel Babcock, the 1-year-old who clung to life for two days, was buried with her parents, 2-year-old brother and 2-month-old sister during a private service in Salem, Ind.

The family had huddled in a neighbor's home but were sucked out by a tornado last Friday as it swept through New Pekin, Ind.


Angel's grandparents and doctors decided Sunday afternoon to remove her from life support after medical staff told them there was nothing more they could do.

"I had my arm around her when she took her last breath," grandmother Kathy Babcock told ABC News. "I sang to her 'Itsy-bitsy spider.'"

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Angel Babcock and her family were in the mobile home of neighbor Jim Miller in New Pekin, Ind. This scene on Monday shows the site where the home had stood.

When Angel arrived at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky., on Friday night, she was opening her eyes — a hopeful sign, Chief Nursing Officer Cis Gruebbel said.

Things turned on Saturday, when the swelling in her brain didn't decrease. As the day went on, her eyes ceased to move and she continued to deteriorate. There was no sign of brain activity.

The man who sheltered Angel Babcock's family talks of the tragedy.

The family was buried in two caskets in the pauper section at Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem, Police Maj. Scott Ratts said.

At least two banks set up funds to benefit the Babcock family, and Ratts said contributions have come in from all over the country.

"This family had been suffering with the bad economy, and now with the storms ... I mean, they have five burials in one day," Ratts said.

Pansy Branscum, who attended Monday's burial, said she was still stunned by the loss.

"It's a tragedy that we don't understand, but God does," she said as she and her husband, Milton, carried large arrangements of red-and-white carnations to the burial site.

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The tornado that killed Angel and her family was among an estimated 30 packing winds of more than 110 mph that hit the Midwest and South on Friday, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at the center, said the assessment of the storms is still preliminary, and a series of weaker tornadoes that also struck could boost the total number of twisters to 60 or 70.

Carbin said the fact that the outbreak occurred as early in the year as it did was a "once in a decade-type event, maybe once or twice a decade."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.