Newborn baby, mother recovering after crash that took father's life

Autumn Sperry (photo provided by family)
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Doctors are treating a mother who lost her husband in a deadly crash while the couple's newborn is being treated at Riley Hospital for Children.

Rebecca and Jesse Sperry were on their way home from church on State Road 32 when their car was struck by an off-duty Edgewood police officer, according to police. James Foutch was arrested on OWI charges.

Rebecca was due to give birth by a scheduled C-section Sunday night. But the violent crash forced doctors to take action to save her life, and her baby daughter's.

Baby Autumn is improving, according to family members who have not left her bedside. Rebecca Sperry is recovering at St. Vincent Hospital.

Autumn is being watched closely by doctors at Riley and reportedly improving by the hour. She was born after an emergency C-section.

The impact of the crash sent the Sperrys' car into a utility pole. Jesse Sperry died at the scene.

Now the baby's aunt is at Riley keeping an eye on Autumn and updating her sister.

"She is still not out of the woods and tests are getting better. I feel God is shooting down the Holy Spirit on her. She is a little fighter," said Elizabeth Leonard, Rebecca's sister.

Jesse and Rebecca Sperry started their lives together young and in love.

"They met in high school. They were the only people each other dated," said Leonard.

After two years of marriage, the couple's first baby would make three - until tragedy struck.

"Jesse and Rebecca didn't have a lot so she is going to have to give up their apartment and move in with my parents," said Leonard.

Edgewood Police Officer James Foutch is on administrative leave and out of jail awaiting his initial hearing in this case. His police chief told Eyewitness News Monday he planned to wait for the final results of an the investigation by an outside agency and results from a blood draw before taking any further action against Foutch.

The family started an online fundraiser to raise money to pay for funeral and medical expenses. Their goal is $25,000 and as of Monday afternoon, they had raised $4,000. Click here for info.