An infant died shortly after birth to a woman injured in the Faulkner County tornado, Faulkner County civil attorney David Hogue said this afternoon. The death is believed related to the injuries suffered by the mother, though he didn’t have details, including the time of death. The child’s identity has not yet been released.
The infant’s death increases the storm death toll to 16 in three counties. Gov. Mike Beebe’s office said that, according to the National Weather Service, this made the tornado the deadliest since a 1968 storm that hit Tuckerman and Jonesboro. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas recounts many of the worst Arkansas losses.