Young mother reaches out to widowed new mother

Lauren Turner

A single mother is reaching out to another single mother in the face of tragedy.

Rebecca Sperry's family members say she'll move this weekend out of the hospital and into a rehab facility.

Her infant daughter Autumn, though, could remain at Riley Hospital for another couple of weeks.

Sperry's husband Jesse died Sunday after a crash in Madison County that sent Rebecca to the hospital for an emergency C-section. She was due to have a scheduled C-section that very night.

Suspended Edgewood Officer James Foutch is facing charges for causing the wreck.

Investigators say he admitted to taking prescription drugs before slamming into the back of the Sperry's car, wrapping it around a telephone pole.

Now another young mother who was nearby when the crash happened is reaching out to Rebecca Sperry.

"Mommy! Higher," yelled Lauren Turner's children as she pushed them on swings in a Madison County park Friday afternoon.

Life, though, has not always been this idyllic for Turner, a single mother to Kaydon, 4, and Kynlie, 3.

"How can I do it all by myself?" Turner said she's asked herself that question on plenty of nights.

"You're doing everything alone or what feels like to be alone even when you have family," said Turner.

So when this 22-year-old mother drove by the deadly crash Sunday and learned a young husband was dead, leaving his 22-year-old pregnant wife a widow, Turner couldn't stop thinking about it.

"I just tried to put myself in her shoes and imagine what she may be feeling and you can't imagine it," she said.

What Turner could imagine, though, is how quickly a new baby goes through diapers, formula, and clothing.

"A packet of diapers might last four days, three days," she said, opening her trunk, now full of baby items.

When Turner found out Rebecca Sperry still had items left on her baby registry, she knew what she needed to do.

"I just went to Walmart and got everything," said Turner.

She used most of her income tax refund to do it. She bought diapers, clothes, bibs, a high chair, a stroller, a baby bath tub. The list goes on.

"It just felt like I was supposed to. I never had that feeling before, but I really just felt like God was telling me, 'you're supposed to do this,'" said Turner.

Even though Kaydon and Kynlie are young, Turner took them along and tried to explain what they were doing and why.

"I told them the story, kid version - that there's a little tiny baby whose Daddy went to heaven and you know, they may need some stuff and don't have everything that they have," Turner said she explained to her children.

It's a lesson Turner said she hopes to repeat many times over to her children as they grow up.

"I want to teach them that it's not always about you, even if you have nothing, you know, somebody else always has it worse than you," Turner said.

That's why helping a woman and baby she doesn't even know, wasn't really about what Lauren Turner had to give, it was about what she didn't have and gave anyway.

Rebecca Sperry's family said they cried when they heard about what Turner did.

They told Eyewitness News they're overwhelmed and grateful for all of the love, prayers and generosity Rebecca and baby Autumn have received since the crash.

See the fundraiser site to help Rebecca Sperry with expenses.