Baby sleeping in crib survives after tree comes crashing through ceiling

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Storms that hit Indianapolis early Friday morning sent trees crashing into houses, and a baby sleeping in his crib was among the people who miraculously went untouched.

Ross McKee was getting three of his four kids ready for school on the northeast side when the power went out and he realized something was wrong.

“I heard a crash,” McKee said. “All of a sudden I turned the corner of my bedroom and there’s a tree through the roof.”

Not only had a large branch crashed in through the ceiling, but his 14-month-old son was underneath it, sleeping in his crib.

McKee, who is a firefighter and National Guard member, sprung into action and dug his son out from the insulation covering his crib.

“I pulled him out and he just looks at me like, ‘What’s going on?'” McKee said.

Incredibly, his son is doing great and seems unphased by it all. McKee is counting his blessings, though, as he and his wife had just moved the crib the night before and if it had been in the original spot, it likely would have been impacted by the tree and a large board that feel through the ceiling.

“So blessed and thank God that however he works, even in mysterious ways, just that one foot over saved his life,” McKee said.

All around McKee’s neighborhood were trees and power lines that fell during the powerful storm.

Down the street, Mike Canfield and his wife were sleeping when their power went out and they also heard something go wrong.

“We heard the house start to groan and I wasn’t sure what it was but I said, ‘We’ve got to get out of here,'” Canfield said.

A huge tree, that Canfield estimates is 150-200 years old, had been ripped out by its roots and fallen into the front of his house. Luckily, the couple was sleeping on the other side and was not hurt.

“Even before we got out, I knew it was going to be months before our lives got back to normal. I mean, it was a really sinking feeling,” Canfield said.

He and many others were still cleaning up and figuring out what to do next on Friday. Still, with such destructive weather this week, they were all thankful that it was not worse.

“We’re glad everybody’s safe,” Canfield said.

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