Temperatures at night had dropped into the 30s in the area in eastern North Carolina.

The little girl is talkative and is expected to fully recover, Clifton said.

In his final moments, a family friend said Douglas Landon was trying to protect his daughter.

"He was curled up in a ball with his arm right across his chest and his other arm pushed out across Jordan. He was trying to hold her and trying to keep her protected, he was a good father," Kevin Brinson said.