​3-month-old girl who was ripped from father's arms during Hurricane Harvey found dead

Alex Lasker, AOL.com

The body of an infant ripped out of her father's arms during Hurricane Harvey was recovered in a mud puddle near her parents' truck, according to the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office.

WMUR reports that the child's young parents had left their home after it began flooding on August 27 and were traveling to seek refuge at a friend's house when rising waters forced them out of their pickup truck.

While the unnamed couple was swimming through about 40 feet of water looking for safety, the raging currents pulled the infant out of her father's arms.

"The current was so fast, it ripped the baby out of their arms," Jimmy Williams of the New Waverly Fire Department said on Saturday.

The baby's frantic parents desperately clung to a tree branch for hours while waiting for firefighters to come rescue them.

"They were in about 40 feet of water in a tree top," Punkin-Everygreen Fire Chief Rick Stevens told KHOU.  "It took about three hours to get to them." 

After rescuing her parents, sheriff's deputies, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, firefighters and canine units all began searching for the infant.

Her body was tragically located on Tuesday by DPS troopers, about 100 yards downstream from where her parents reported she went missing. 

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