Family Calls Infant's Life a Miracle

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

They're calling it their Christmas miracle, even though a December 14th collision with a train, left a mother and three of her children injured, and her seven year old son dead.

Police say 44 year old Mary Smith was driving near Levi Jackson State Park in London, when a train collided with her mini-van, a mini-van carrying her four young sons. Family members say three of those boys were thrown from the car, including one baby who has given them hope during some very rough times.

If you're wondering how a family can find any positives in a December 14th accident as terrible as this one, you need only take one look at 16 month old David Smith.

"You get hit by a train, it's not often you come out of that, especially without a scratch," said Rod Sears who found baby David after the accident.

"It's just a miracle any of them survived," said Wilma Sears.

Baby David lost one of his brothers, seven year old Daniel, that night. But it's his story that has come to symbolize hope for his family this Christmas season and survival against all odds. That's after his uncle, Rod Sears, came upon the accident site.

"I just knew there was no way a 16 month old baby could survive this type of accident," Wilma said.

And fearing the worst, heard the cries of baby David, his car seat sitting atop a group of bushes.

"It was just sitting there, like somebody had just placed it there. I knew God had been with him, and just set him there, on top of that brush," Rod said.

With only scratches and a bruise, Sears says baby David showed them what to be thankful of this time of year.

"He smiles all the time, he's just a sweet baby. He's just a joy to have around," Wilma said.

And how especially at Christmas time, even an innocent child can change a life.

Now family members say that baby David's mother and two surviving brothers are doing great right now. They're still just trying to recover from the accident.


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