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mother dies saving her 3 sons!

Posted by on May. 2, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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JACKSON, Miss. -- Nikki Bradshaw Carpenter was tough: she could kill a deer and skin it. But when it came to her three sons, the 31-year-old mother was a nurturer and a protector.


Thus, friends and family say it came as no surprise to learn Carpenter had lost her life trying to shield her children from last weekend's killer tornado.


Rodney Bradshaw, her cousin, said he found Carpenter pinned by two collapsed walls, a washing machine and a refrigerator. Two of her sons were beneath her; a third at her feet. All three children survived.


On Thursday, a funeral was held for Carpenter, one of the 10 Mississippi victims of the severe weather system that kicked up tornadoes around the South and also left two dead in Alabama.


James Bradshaw said his daughter was just 5-foot-5 and slim, but had a powerhouse personality.


"I don't think she's met anybody that she wouldn't talk to," Bradshaw said. "I used to take her hunting and fishing. She killed a deer this past season, hung the deer, skinned it and cut it up and put it in the freezer. She was very feisty."


Bentonia Police Chief Edward Ferrell said an investigation supports the account of Carpenter's final moments given by family members. Ferrell and other local emergency officials responded to calls by those hit hard by the storm's rampage through Yazoo County.


Moments before the twister barreled down the rural road where she lived in a mobile home, Carpenter's phone rang with a warning about the storm.


"We don't know who called. We never recovered the phone. Whoever it was saved them," said James Bradshaw, whose oldest grandson told him about the call.


Hoping to preserve precious memories, Carpenter pulled family photographs from the wall. Then, she grabbed the boys, piled pillows on top of them and covered them with her body. The twister lifted the trailer in the air like a paperclip, throwing it more than 100 yards, said Rodney Bradshaw.


The boys sustained some bruises. Bradshaw said his oldest grandson told him about her final minutes.


When Rodney Bradshaw, arrived at the scene, he said the sight was jarring: "The two littlest ones were under her. The oldest one was at her feet. I still can't get her face out of my head."


For now, Nicholas Layne, 7; Ethan, 2; and Austin, 1, are in the care of James Bradshaw, who lives in Florence, a small town southeast of Jackson.


He said a memorial service will be held for Carpenter in his hometown on May 8.

when i read this it just made me so sad. she is such a brave woman and mother. i think we  should pray for her family.

by on May. 2, 2010 at 10:29 AM
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by on May. 2, 2010 at 10:31 AM

agreed and done

by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:09 AM

My friend's wife was abducted from their home in the middle of the day while she was home alone with their two little boys (2 years & 6 months at the time). It's known that she put the boys in their crib together, closed all the windows in the home(she told her husband she was opening them the last time they talked), and locked the door behind her to keep them safe before she went with her abductor.

Later she managed to get his phone away from him and call 911 and in the transcript she repeatedly begs to see her kids and family again. Unfortunately she didn't survive and she was only 21.

Stuff like this just breaks my heart.

Susannah Thane

Wife to Adam

Mommy to Corbin (9/04), Calvin (2/06), & Christopher (5/07)

by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I will definetly be praying for the family! That is major dedication as a parent, but God will take care of her now and He knows she did the right thing.

by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I cried! NOW THAT IS A MOTHER! Did it matter in the end if she breastfed or not? Did it matter if she circ'd those boys or erf?? Did it matter if she co-slept or if she spanked them or not???????? NO! What mattered was that she saved them and gave her life for them! NOW THAT IS A MOTHER!

by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:17 AM

 sending prayers their way!!!!

by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM

that is heartbreaking. 

by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM

 Oh my goodness,,, I will def pray for her family... What a great mom...

by on May. 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

That made me cry! What an amazing woman, I am sure she was met in heaven by angels. Wow. That really makes me so sad, but amazes me at the same time.I would do the same for my babies. 

by on May. 2, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Wow this gives me the chills.

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by on May. 2, 2010 at 12:25 PM

The strength of a mother is amazing!

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