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April 15, 2014

Baby born after deadly accident released to family

Victim's father: Infant has father's face

INDIANAPOLIS — A baby girl born the same day a deadly accident claimed her father's life was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Autumn Marie Sperry, who was born the night of April 6, spent the past week at Riley Hospital for Children receiving specialized care. The infant's mother, Rebecca Sperry, was the driver of a 1996 Buick Century that was destroyed in the accident earlier that afternoon in the 7500 block of West Indiana 32 near Lapel. Twenty-three-year-old Jesse Sperry was killed in the accident, and his wife gave birth to Autumn by emergency C-section after being airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

The accident is believed to have been caused by 41-year-old Edgewood Police Department officer James D. Foutch. His 2004 GMC Yukon rear-ended the car, forcing it off the roadway and into a utility pole. Police reports indicate Foutch was high on hydrocodone and Xanax and was driving 92 mph in the sport utility vehicle. The 12-year veteran of the third shift faces felony charges of driving while intoxicated causing death.

Baby Autumn was finally released from Riley to the care of her grandparents, John and Lisa Keefe, on Tuesday afternoon, according to a report from The Herald Bulletin's news-gathering partner WISH-TV. The family announced on Monday that Rebecca had been released from St. Vincent Indianapolis and had started a rehabilitation program at a facility closer to the family's home in Noblesville.

Keefe said the recovery process for Rebecca is far from over. She is expected to walk again, but physical therapy could take from one to three weeks. Sperry suffered a broken arm, a torn uterus, a lacerated spleen and other internal injuries. Keefe said the family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they've received from the community, especially from the Sperrys' church, Edgewood Baptist. Church members have been keeping Rebecca company and helped paint the baby's room at the family's home. Almost $20,000 has been raised to help with the family's expenses, according to a donation website.

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