Mom, baby to reunite after crash that killed father

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A baby born after her parents were involved in a deadly car crash is finally being reunited with her mother.

Rebecca Sperry had to have an emergency C-section more than a week ago after she and her husband Jesse were rear-ended along State Road 32 near Lapel. Jesse, also Autumn’s father, died at the scene.

Autumn has been staying at Riley Hospital while Sperry was recovering at St. Vincent Hospital. Sperry is now at a rehab facility closer to her home in Anderson.

Her family has been counting down the days to this moment. Bundled up and covered on a cold April day, little Autumn has no idea of the joy of this moment; being in a car seat on the way to finally meet her mom.

“Rebecca called about 2 o’clock and says ‘was getting worried I figured you’d all be home by now,’” John Keefe, Sperry’s father and Autumn’s grandfather, said with a smile. “So we’re excited to get up there and get through this Fishers’ traffic.

It’s not often that it takes more than a week for a mother to hold her newborn in her arms. But that was unfortunately the case for Sperry.

Nine months pregnant, she and her husband Jesse were driving down State Road 32 when police say they were rear-ended.

The man behind the wheel was James Foutch, an Edgewood Police Officer who was off-duty at the time.

Their car ended up wrapped around a pole. Jesse, who was in the passenger seat, didn’t survive.

But even with the pain of his death, his family found strength through Autumn.

“She’ll be able to carry on his legacy. We’re just excited. They’re just a wonderful family and it’s just going to be a wonderful life,” said Keefe.

He couldn’t contain his excitement as he showed off his newly purchased car seat, eager to reunite his granddaughter with her mother.

“She’s so excited about that and she’s given me some very specific instructions about what she wants to do.”

Autumn will stay with her mom as she recovers at the rehab facility, something her grandparents are forever thankful gets to happen.

“Someday I’ll just remind her that she is indeed a miracle of God. That god has a special purpose for her in this life,” Keefe said of Autumn.

Keefe said a few members of their church will also stay at the rehab facility with Sperry, since she’ll need help caring for Autumn as she recovers from her injuries. That could take up to three weeks.

After that, Keefe said the two will move back in with him.

Services for Jesse Sperry will be Wednesday, April 16, at Edgewood Baptist Church. Visitation will run from noon to 2 p.m. The funeral will start at 2 p.m. He will be buried at Brookside Cemetery in Lapel.

A fundraising page has been set up to help Sperry and her daughter with medical and future expenses. If you’d like to make a donation, click here.

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