EDENTON, N.C. (WAVY) – Gov. Pat McCrory has confirmed a child died as a result of severe weather and tornadoes that tore through North Carolina Friday.
Family members in Edenton told WAVY News’ Liz Palka the child who died was Gavin Soto, who was rescued from a collapsed home on Yeopim Road. Passers-by heard a woman trapped inside the home, and helped free her and her baby.
Both the mother and baby were taken to area hospitals, but family members told WAVY News 11-month-old Gavin died at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk early Sunday. Family members said Gavin would have been 1 year old on May 1.
Family friends spent all weekend and most of the day Sunday sifting through the rubble of the home where Gavin and his mother lived. Family and friends said they were desperately searching for the mother’s cell phone because it has all the pictures and videos on Gavin on it. As they said, it was all the mother wanted in the midst of her grief.
“It would be nice to find it for her,” said friend, Diane Skakle. “She’s going to have a tough next couple of months and years, and at least with pictures it would be nice to have.”
Governor Pat McCrory visited the house Sunday while touring storm damage in eastern North Carolina.
“It breaks my heart. It broke my heart to see the house. And I understand the mother did everything she could to protect the baby. If you saw the house, it just fell on top of the family,” said Gov. McCrory.
McCrory told WAVY News’ Liz Palka his office and emergency management officials are going to try for all the emergency grants they can get.
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