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Clayton toddler's drowning 'a tragic accident'

Posted May 26

— No one will face criminal charges in the drowning death of a Clayton 2-year-old who died Thursday night.

"This was a tragic accident," said Capt. Caldwell of the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

Elizabeth Niebergall wandered out of her home and drowned in a golf course pond adjacent to the property. Golfers playing the Riverwood Golf Club spotted the girl floating face-down in the pond around 6 p.m., authorities said.

The golfers attempted to revive the girl, who was taken to WakeMed, where she died.

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  • Janet Ghumri May 26, 2:41 p.m.
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    I feel so sad for the family. Losing a child is heartbreaking. I am curious as to how long she had been 'missing' from the home, though. Did the family know she had wandered away, before the golfers found her? Such a tragedy. God rest her little soul.