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Toddler found in field dies; grandfather talks exclusively about losing entire family

Angel Babcock (source: Jack Babcock) Angel Babcock (source: Jack Babcock)
Jaydon and Moriah (source: Jack Brough) Jaydon and Moriah (source: Jack Brough)
Kendall (source: Jack Babcock) Kendall (source: Jack Babcock)
Joe and Moriah (source: Jack Babcock) Joe and Moriah (source: Jack Babcock)
Jaydon (source: Jack Brough) Jaydon (source: Jack Brough)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 15-month-old girl found injured and alone in a Pekin, IN field after Friday's tornadoes died Sunday at Kosair Children's Hospital. Angel Babcock was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Angel's parents, 3-year-old brother and 7-week-old sister were pronounced dead soon after Friday's storm.

The children's grandfather walked WAVE 3 through the moments he discovered his life was changed forever.

When the storm passed on Friday, Jack Brough made what he thought would be a quick trip to Pekin to run some errands.

"We was going to pay the water bill," Brough said in an exclusive interview with WAVE 3. "They told us there had been some people hurt at Burley Lumber Company, so that made me think of my daughter and her kids."

As Brough approached the family's mobile home park, it hit him.

"I thought, oh my god. Oh my god."

Brough's daughter, Moriah Brough, 20, wasn't there.

"We got out and we just started calling her name," Brough said. "We was walking through mud and water. It was really horrible."

Moriah, her longtime boyfriend, Joe Babcock, 21, were dead.

"The little boy was laying on the ground," said Brough. "They was trying to bring him back to life."

But they could not. Jaydon Babcock, 2, and Kendall Babcock, 2 months, were also dead. "We was walking up towards… towards the road," said Brough, "and then they was bringing the other little baby up."

That baby was Angel. Emergency responders airlifted her to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville.

It was up to Brough to decide whether to keep Angel on life support.

He said before Angel died, "If I do get to see her, my pastor is going to go in with me, and we're going to pray, and I'm going to tell that little girl that it's time for her to meet her mommy and daddy."

A public memorial will be held for the entire Babcock/Brough family Monday at 3:00 p.m. at Life Tabernacle Church in Salem, IN.

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