Mother grabs 4-year-old from path of falling tree

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A mother dashed into the path of a falling tree to rescue her 4-year-old son.

It happened at a home on Timothy Drive in DeKalb County. Channel 2’s Jeff Dore met Jessica Brumit on Monday as a tree company cut and a crane operator hauled away the 90-foot-long, three-foot-thick poplar that crushed her house.

“It was very scary. I was very shaken up,” Brumit told Dore.

Several rounds of heavy rain have toppled trees across metro Atlanta. Brumit said wind was howling when her son, Andrew, was peering out of a back window.

“(He was) standing right in front of the window where the tree fell, and the good Lord turned me around just in time to see the tree falling at us,” Brumit said.

Her boyfriend was in the front yard.

“I just heard her scream, ‘Oh my God.’ I didn't know what was going on until I heard the whole house shake,” he said.

Brumit raced to her son.

“I was able to grab him and just get out of the kitchen as the tree was coming through the house,” Brumit said.

Her son will celebrate his fifth birthday later this week.

“Just hug your family really, really tight because you never know what can come crashing through your house,” she said.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to dissipate Monday night. More storms are in Tuesday’s forecast, but Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist David Chandley said it should be drier by the middle of the week.



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