Teen Known As 'Mud Baby' Shocked At Second Tornado To Hit Moore, Oklahoma
Fourteen years ago a baby, covered in mud, survived a devastating tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma. INSIDE EDITION speaks to the teenager who became known as "Mud Baby."
The tornado devastation that devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma is almost beyond belief. So is this, the fact that it happened here before, 14 years ago, this very month.
On May 3, 1999 INSIDE EDITION’s Deborah Norville reported, "It was a display of Mother Nature's force that not even old hands at twister-watching could recall."
That's how we broke the story regarding the tornado that killed 41 people and injured hundreds as it tore through the town of Moore.
In the midst of the destruction, a ten-month-old baby who survived the tornado became a worldwide symbol of hope as "the mud baby.”
Aleah Crago was carried 100 feet from her home by the tornado, miraculously, a deputy sheriff found the baby face-down in the mud, filthy, but unharmed.
We were there for the joyous meeting between the deputy and Aleah's mom. The deputy even took us to the very spot where he found the child in the midst of the wreckage.
INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd spoke to 14-year-old Crago after the latest tornado shocked Oklahoma.
She said, "I just wish this would never happen again."
Boyd asked, "How do you explain your survival in 1999?"
She replied, "Just by luck and god wanting me to be on the earth today. I'm really lucky. Maybe some other kids like me will have this same luck."
In those years since the 1999 disaster, Moore, Oklahoma was rebuilt and once again became your classic all-American town. The local stadium is packed for football games, and little kids love playing baseball.
What are the odds of a town being struck twice by a tornado of this force? One in a hundred trillion, according to experts.
But the odds took a holiday in Moore, Oklahoma, "Moore again!" says a front-page of the Tulsa World.
"Worse Than May Third," says the headline of The Oklahoman, and the story's lead sentence sums up the double-tragedy of Moore, Oklahoma, "The Monster Returned.”
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