Brothers recover after mother is killed in tornado - - Jackson, MS

Brothers recover after mother is killed in tornado

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By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The three boys who were saved by their mother in the tornado in Yazoo City, are now all out of the hospital.

Layne, Ethan and Austin Carpenter, ages seven, two and one, are now staying with their grandparents in Florence.

Wednesday, their grandfather, James Bradshaw, was granted temporary custody of the boys.

Their mother, Nikki Carpenter was killed when the twister hit her mobile home on Junkins Road.

Nikki covered her children with pillows and laid on top of them to protect them.  Layne suffered a broken wrist and scratches in the twister.  Ethan underwent minor surgery on his ear.  His legs were also injured.

Little Austin suffered the least amount of injuries but received staples to a cut in the back of his head.

A memorial service will be held Thursday for Nikki Carpenter at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home in Yazoo City.  Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., and the funeral service will begin at 2 p.m..

An education fund has also been set up for the Carpenter brothers.

Donations can be made at any Copiah Bank location in the name of Layne, Ethan or Austin Carpenter.

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