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Bremen 5-month-old among those killed in Kentucky tornado outbreak

Andrew and Charity Oglesby
Posted at 3:46 PM, Dec 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 19:11:35-05

BREMEN, Ky. (WTVF) — The Bremen community is mourning the loss of a 5-month-old baby who was killed as a series of tornadoes ripped across Kentucky.

"It’s a lot. Of course, we’re heartbroken," said Heather Money, the baby's aunt.

Andrew and Charity Oglesby
Andrew, Charity and Chase Oglesby

Money said 5-month-old Chase Oglesby was loved by his family. "We’ve never had any kind of loss like this," Money said.

The Bremen community is struggling to come to terms with it. "He was their only child,” Money said.

Chase's parents Andrew and Charity were taken to a hospital in Indiana to be treated for the injuries they sustained by the tornado.

The Oglesbys' home was moved off its foundation, the roof was barely visible in the debris.

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The Oglesbys' home was destroyed as a tornado struck the city of Bremen, Kentucky.

Charity was pinned under the floor. She has a crushed spine and other critical injuries. Doctors in Indiana are working to get her off the ventilator following surgery.

“He needs her, that will help his recovery, and the grieving process,” Money said. “So hopefully in the next few days that can happen.”

Andrew's jaw is wired shut. He also broke his neck. "My brother’s strength amazes me," Money said.

In a message to NewsChannel 5, Andrew said he will never heal from losing baby Chase.

"He was in pain, I think he was in shock, it was awful, and he remembers every bit of it," Money said.

After the tornado hit, Andrew was able to crawl toward headlights to get help. A Good Samaritan rushed the baby to a fire station, but it was too late.

"I’m not real sure even how they got there because there were so many trees down and power lines," Money said.

Chase was described as the biggest bundle of joy. "So cute and always smiling and laughing," Money said.

They'll cling to the positive memories, and focus on Charity's recovery as they mourn.

"We’ll get through this, it’s going to be a long road, but we’ll get there," Money said.

Money started a GoFundMe account to help them pay for medical bills and Chase's funeral. It's raised more than $100,000 dollars.