Infant in Stony Brook twister dies

6-month-old Yaide Quistian Nino
April 18, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
The infant critically injured after a tornado ripped through her Raleigh mobile home has died.

Raleigh police announced Tuesday that 6-month-old Yaide Quistian Nino died Tuesday at the hospital after suffering head injuries.

Her brother, 9-year-old Daniel Quistan Nino and their two cousins, 3-year-old Kevin Coronado, 8-year-old Osvaldo Coronado were killed inside their home Saturday.

The children's mothers and their families shared the home. As the tornado touched down, the children were moved to what one of the mother's thought was a safe place.

Authorities say a tree crashed into the home, splitting it in half. A woman inside the home at the time, identified as Christina Alvarez, was the mother of the 9-year-old and 6-month-old. She was babysitting her nephews while their parents were at work. Alvarez was holding her daughter when the tree crashed into the home.

According to police, the Alvarez was knocked unconscious momentarily and when she awakened, she was still holding her baby. Police say Alvarez did everything she was supposed to do to protect the children.

Eyewitnesses say the boys were discovered in a bathtub, but police have said it was a closet. However, the home sustained so much damage, it was unclear where the children were initially placed.

Neighbor Epigmenio Gomez says he answered cries for help and discovered the children.

"The three boys were in a bathtub covered with a blanket," he said. "She [the mother] asked if they were alive and I had to tell her no, they were not. A baby girl was stuck under a tree; I grabbed her foot to pull her out. I will never forget their faces. God took them. I don't understand why."

The children's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday night at Saint Raphael's Catholic Church in Raleigh.

Catholic Charities is assisting all of the Stony Brook families that have been displaced. For more information on how to contribute to the charity, click here.The American Red Cross also is accepting donations for the neighborhood. For information about how to make a Red Cross donation, click here.

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