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Investigators Keeping Mum in Death of 2-Year-Old

Posted July 3, 2007
Updated July 4, 2007

— Unanswered questions Tuesday night surrounded the death of a 2-year-old Harnett County girl.

Investigators said Miracle McLean’s mother’s boyfriend rushed the girl to the Anderson Creek Fire Department’s station, but she was pronounced dead at Womack Army Medical Center after emergency workers rushed her there.

Investigators said they were treating the incident as a “death investigation,” but revealed little else. They said they had received autopsy results Tuesday from the state Medical Examiner’s Office to explain why the girl died.

They had said the girl was in cardiac arrest when the boyfriend, who they said is 24 years old but whose identity they have withheld, arrived at the station about a mile from her home. The boyfriend was cooperating in the investigation, deputies said.

At the Waffle House restaurant where Miracle’s mother, Sheteka McDougald, worked, there was only sympathy and a desire to help. Co-workers put out a donation box to help with funeral costs.

It shows a picture of Sheteka and her two girls, and a note calls Miracle's death a tragic accident.

“I don't know the exact circumstances, but she lost a child — and no one should lose a baby,” said customer Victor Rich.

Harnett County sheriff’s deputies were talking with neighbors Tuesday and trying to build a time line to account for what happened.

“It's terrible. I'm really sad about that,” said Kace Cox, a neighbor who lives near the McDougald home on Jersey Lane.

Neighbors said the news hit them hard.

“People are just saying it's a shock. One day you see them playing, and the next day they're gone. It's just a shock,” Stevie Chance said.

At the Waffle House, regular customers like Victor Rich call it a terrible loss.

“I know she works real hard,” Rich said, “and this just makes a lot of us sad.”


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  • djofraleigh Jul 4, 2007

    MUM is an implied hint, or a sensationalization of the title by this medium to get attention. Mums, or Moms, don't leave your children with young, unrelated males.

  • I say... Jul 4, 2007

    If everyone who reads this story and feels terrible about the senseless death of a child donated $10 to their favorite children's charity right now, we would collectivly save the lives of many children. That would do much more than a semi-meaningless note posted here, that you are praying for the family, and wouldn't take much more time to complete.

  • angora Jul 4, 2007

    In many cultures, "Mum" is used, just as Americans call their mothers "Mom." Some Americans, in fact, call their mothers "Mummy" or "Mum."

  • ERRN Jul 4, 2007


  • friendlylady Jul 4, 2007

    Iasbella, I read the article and it says nothing about twins...where did you get your info from?

  • isabella731 Jul 4, 2007

    Come on, what's with the editing and pointing out grammatical errors?? The tragedy is that one twin is left without her "other half." I know how close twins are, and I'm sure this will have an impact on her life, regardless of how young she is now. My prayers are for her, as well as the mother. If it turns out not to be an accident, whoever did this should receive the death penalty, and not because of grammatical errors....good grief.

  • JDawn1984 Jul 4, 2007

    Rest in Peace, Miracle. My prayers are with the family.

  • djofraleigh Jul 4, 2007

    I just can't take much more bad news...not on the home front.

  • imyourhuckleberry Jul 4, 2007

    ladyblue - I agree wholeheartedly with what you said. Your posts are usually very sympathetic to the story and when discussions are going on, I know you get mad. But in this instance, couldn't help but notice your comment about the other child. How sad for that child to all of a sudden lose a sibling. No matter what the circumstances and why they are keeping 'mum' about it, that little girl no longer has a sister. How do you explain that.

    Will be interesting to see how it unravels, and if there the parents are involved, that child should be removed from that household immediately. Regardless!

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jul 4, 2007

    goutytoe, I have to agree with what you said, that was shameful. I fear that the only reason that the police are keeping "mum" is because they suspect the parents. Whatever caused this, it is a sad situation...