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Slain Toddler Mourned at Funeral

Posted July 5, 2007

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— Family and friends buried a 2-year-old Harnett County girl Thursday as authorities continued to investigate her death.

Scores of relatives and others packed Faith Tabernacle Church in Bunnlevel Thursday afternoon for Miracle McLean's funeral.

The live-in boyfriend of Miracle McLean’s mother, Sheteka McDougald, had rushed the child to the Anderson Creek Fire Department station Monday. She was in cardiac arrest, and doctors at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg pronounced her dead after emergency medical workers took her there.

An autopsy determined the toddler died of blunt-force trauma, and authorities are investigating the case as a homicide.

"She was just a sweet, little girl. What she got, she didn't deserve," Howard Cameron, a relative of Miracle's father, Sherron McLean, said outside the church. “It’s ironic for her to be named Miracle, for her life to be cut so short.”

"She was such a happy girl. She looked so good. I don't know why (this happened). I just don't know," said Adriane McLean, Miracle's aunt.

Miracle's 3-year-old sister, Zahane, is in foster care, relatives said.

Investigators have said very little about the case and have not identified any suspects. They said McDougald and her boyfriend have been cooperating in the investigation.

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  • Fuquay Resident Jul 6, 2007

    I would be interested to know how a 2 year old can receive "blunt force trauma" at 7 AM. This blunt force trauma as not to her head but to another part of her body. And if it was an accident, why didn't the boyfriend tell the EMS that "she fell down the steps" or "she fell in the bathtub" if he wasn't trying to hide something?

  • jeebk04 Jul 6, 2007

    ok, my last comment, promise :) final findings of autopsy take 4-6 weeks, longer if neurological case. So, the autopsy results WRAL is referring to are preliminiary autopsy results only.

  • jeebk04 Jul 6, 2007

    somebody posted a good comment on the first article, that a neighbor's husband was all but "hung" because his wife died from "blunt force trauma" and b/c he found her and had blood all over him. It ended up being ruled an accident and hubby was cleared, after all the investigation was completed. Just a good example if any, I wanted to cite.

  • jeebk04 Jul 6, 2007

    histo-exactly my point. None of this supports your statement that she "saw more than her share in her 2 years". We don't know how she died, if it was a homicide(being investigated as a homicide means they are ruling it out, not that it is definitely). We don't know what went on in this child' life of two years, and we don't know exactly what caused the blunt force trauma. All I am saying is, let's wait until the investigation is finished and as many facts are known as possible before we start assuming things. No offense, just my 2 cents :)

  • Historians 12th Jul 6, 2007

    An autopsy determined the toddler died of blunt-force trauma, and authorities are investigating the case as a homicide.

    "She was just a sweet, little girl. What she got, she didn't deserve," Howard Cameron, a relative of Miracle's father, Sherron McLean, said outside the church.

    My "assumption" is based on what was reported in the article.

  • jeebk04 Jul 6, 2007

    Historian, actually we don't know what this little girl saw or went through in her life. I don't recall any mention of this in any article I have read. IMHO-no offense at all! Or at least I don't, b/c I don't know her or the family. My remarks were for amvau's sake to keep her from going through a really bad experience like I have with a particular group of posters.

  • Historians 12th Jul 6, 2007

    To whom it may concern, it stands to reason this Precious little girl saw much more than her share of fighting,arguing, & violence in her 2 short years. So in her honor why not keep these comments a little more civil, & save the arguing for another story. Just my thoughts, not meant to offend anyone, & if I did I apologize.

  • jeebk04 Jul 6, 2007

    Moving on............prayers to this family. Hopefully the facts about this case will come out, and any wrongdoing will be held accountable.

  • jeebk04 Jul 6, 2007

    historian, yes it is. amvaugha-this poster has a long history of making a comment, like her first, "dead beat bad" to lure posters in to argue with them. Please don't waste your time, or let her upset you.

  • PikeMom Jul 6, 2007

    atozca,assumptions assumptions...Guess I am the only one who CAN'T DO THAT .

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