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Southwestern Indiana toddler hit by falling tree limb dies

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Southwestern Indiana officials say a toddler has died from injuries she suffered when she and her father were struck by a falling tree limb.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s office says 13-month-old Anastasia Abell of Fort Branch died Monday at an Evansville hospital.

Abell was at a relative’s Gibson County home when she was struck by the limb, which authorities described as being 20-feet long and 12 inches in diameter.

The coroner’s office says the incident appears to be “a tragic unforeseeable accident.”

The Evansville Courier & Press reports the girl’s father was also injured by the branch, which Gibson County Sheriff’s office investigators believe fell more than 50 feet.

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Police are still investigating how the branch fell but say there’s no evidence of human tampering or intervention.