Two-month-old girl who sheltered in car seat among dozens of tornado victims

A two-month-old whose family tried to protect her by putting her in a car seat was among dozens of people killed by tornadoes that ripped through the US on Friday night. There have been dozens of confirmed deaths in Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee, but those numbers are expected to rise. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said at least 74 had died in his state alone. READ MORE: Six killed in US Amazon warehouse after tornado Douglas Koon, his wife, Jackie, and their three children huddled in his mother-in-law's bathroom in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, as the storms approached. The tornado hit the house directly, flinging the family around and tossing a bathtub in the air that was shielding two of his sons. They were all thrown from the home on Crawford Lane and landed across the street. The couple put their infant daughter, Oaklynn, in a car seat to protect her, and she appeared to be OK on Saturday. "It's the most traumatic thing I've been through, I felt ..

A two-month-old whose family tried to protect her by putting her in a car seat was among dozens of people killed by tornadoes that ripped through the US on Friday night.

There have been dozens of confirmed deaths in Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee, but those numbers are expected to rise.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said at least 74 had died in his state alone.

READ MORE: Six killed in US Amazon warehouse after tornado

Douglas Koon, his wife, Jackie, and their three children huddled in his mother-in-law's bathroom in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, as the storms approached.

The tornado hit the house directly, flinging the family around and tossing a bathtub in the air that was shielding two of his sons.

They were all thrown from the home on Crawford Lane and landed across the street.

The couple put their infant daughter, Oaklynn, in a car seat to protect her, and she appeared to be OK on Saturday.

"It's the most traumatic thing I've been through, I felt like I was helpless in protecting my kids," Mr Koon told MSNBC in an interview on Saturday.

His 11-year-old son Bentley and four-year-old son Dallas were buried in debris as the storm went through

Dallas had bleeding from his head and was sent to Indiana for treatment, before being released from hospital.

By Sunday, baby Oaklynn was having seizures, and doctors noticed a brain bleed after she was taken to the hospital.

They believed she had a stroke, Mr Koon said in a Facebook post.

"It's not looking good at this point," he wrote.

"The machines are keeping her alive.

"Her head swelled really bad. She doesn't have activity.

"So now we're going to have to make a decision. I can't believe I'm writing this.

"I'm in shock, my heart feels absolutely shattered. We love you Oakie."

Early Monday morning, the family posted that the infant had died.

In a text message to The Associated Press today, Mr Koon said he was struggling "to process everything that I'm going through".

A family member has set up a crowdfunding account for Mr Koon's family and his mother-in-law, Sheila Rose, who lost her home.

More than US$84,000 has been raised for the family so far.

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