North Carolina Infant Killed in Hurricane Florence "Was A Fighter in the Beginning"

'He was a fighter in the beginning': 3-month-old killed when tree falls on home

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Police said the tree landed on the home on Moses Court near Dallas around 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

The child, identified by his family as Kade Gill, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The family was home in the living room when the tree landed on the home, family members said.

"He was unresponsive," father Olen Gill said. "As I approached the room, I see them pumping on his chest, and that time, I knew that it wasn't good."

Olen Gill said his wife Tammy Gill was holding Kade on the couch when they were struck by the tree.

"The tree had divided us," Olen Gill said. "I'm in the kitchen and she's in the living room on the couch."

Kade's parents told Channel 9 he turned 3 months old Sunday.

Three-month-old Kade Gill was killed when a tree fell and crushed a mobile home. (Photo: WSOCTV.com)

"He was a fighter in the beginning. He came five weeks early, survived the NICU 10 days," Tammy Gill said.

Tammy Gill said they were keeping a close eye on the conditions and their surroundings.

"We was watching the trees in the back that's leaning, but I guess the whole time we were watching the wrong one."

Officials said the home was totaled.
"They come in the room and said he had head trauma and we didn't even know," Tammy Gill said. "They had been doing CPR for the last 30 minutes and they just wanted permission to stop. I said no at first, but after another 30 minutes, he wouldn't come back." 

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