Officials identify pregnant woman killed during storms | ‘She was kind & loving with a huge heart’

ERWINVILLE — A 31-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed after a tree fell on their mobile home during the line of severe storms that moved through Monday night.

Officials have identified the woman as Kristin K. Browning, 31, of Port Allen.

“Kristen’s death was not only a family loss, but a community loss. She was kind & loving with a huge heart. She will be missed. All prayers are greatly appreciated in the coming days and months,” Browning’s loved ones told UWK.

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The tragedy happened just after 7 p.m. on May 13 on Rougon Rd. near Erwinville in West Baton Rouge Parish. This occurred during the most intense phase of tornado-warned storms in the Capital region.

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Paramedics faced significant challenges in responding to the scene, with debris blocking the roadway. Paramedics had to walk roughly a mile to get to the home.

When they got there, they found an entire family trapped inside the home. Tragically, Browning, who was approximately nine months pregnant, and her unborn child had succumbed to their injuries. A man from the household was critically injured and transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, while another child in the home emerged unharmed.

The family is extremely distraught at this time as they try to come to terms in a harsh reality. It’s why they’re asking for privacy at this time, but to please keep them in your prayers.

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Erwinville was one of the hardest hit areas by the severe weather. There was significant damage across the area — including the Erwinville Ball Park, which saw structural damage to the park.

West Baton Parish saw significant damage and power outages as the storms raced through. Close to 5,000 homes and businesses are without power as of 8:30 p.m. Monday. Officials say there are 17 trees down across roads. Officials are doing a complete assessment tonight.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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