5:22pm

Mon April 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Harrowing: Tornado Rips Baby From Arms Of His Caretaker

Jonathan Robinson could feel the wind from inside his trailer in Dunn, N.C. One of the 62 tornadoes reported in North Carolina over the weekend was headed his way.

He did what came naturally: The 21-year-old picked his cousin's three-month-old baby and ran to a closet. Robinson spoke to NPR's Michele Norris for today's edition of All Things Considered. What happened next is simply harrowing, and we'll let him tell the story:

The force of the winds tore apart the trailer around him and ripped the baby out of his arms. Next thing Robinson knew he was digging out of the rubble.

More than 20 people died because of the storms on Saturday. By some miracle, perhaps, Ayden, the three-month-old, survived. Robinson heard him cry and found that he was dusty and dirty, but without a scratch on him.

Tune into your local NPR member station to listen to the full interview. We'll post the as-aired version of the interview later today. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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