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2-Year-Old Found Half a Mile From Home

Posted November 13, 2007

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— A search for a 2-year-old girl was called off shortly after noon Tuesday when the child was found near a pond in a wooded area about a half-mile away from her home.

Wake County deputies found Rachel Kelly Carr, with scratches and crying, but otherwise in good condition, they said.

She was outside with some of her older siblings when she likely wandered off, authorities said. They realized she was gone and reported her missing about 9:30 a.m.

Friends of Carr's mother said she was emotional and did not want to talk about what happened.

"I don't know she thought anything was out of the ordinary," Rachel's sister, Danielle Carr, said of her sister. "But mom was definitely crying and everything like that."

Wake County sheriff's authorities and the North Carolina Highway Patrol searched by land with ground crews and search dogs and by air with the Highway Patrol helicopter.

The search prompted authorities to shut down briefly roads near her home in the area of Banks Road and U.S. Highway 401 while they searched for the child.

Deputies found Rachel as state officials were preparing to issue an Amber Alert.


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  • spazman Nov 14, 2007

    Thats what i said about women,cant even watch her kids..2 YRS OLD ,,crazy

  • NCTeacher Nov 14, 2007

    Yes, my sister is 7 years older than me so she was high school age when she was "babysitting" me. And she still didn't care what I did or how far away I got as long as I wasn;t bothering her. I am pretty sure she spent most of the time on the phone in her bedroom while I ran down the hall with scissors.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Nov 14, 2007

    Why is this story's comments on the "editor review" list? Kids escape, that's what they do. I, personally, was lost in just about every major amusement park in America between the ages of 4 and 8. My parents weren't bad and I'm not an axe murderer.

  • lb1 Nov 14, 2007

    Yes, the article mentioned the child was outside with older siblings. But, the article did NOT mention the older siblings are older high school and college age (like 17-19 yrs old). How many of you who are scolding this mother go out on dates or errands and leave your children with babysitters who are high school and college age? Then, I guess you are being neglectful as well. This mom is far, far, far from neglectful or irresponsible.

  • Blessyourheart Nov 14, 2007

    "I am sure you always do everything just right, never make a mistake, or even have a lapse in judgement. Remember those glass stones now..."Said Lildmn74

    Something as innocuous as a simple mistake or lapse of judgement does not result in a search party and a toddler half a mile away near a pond. If you feel like this could happen to you, you have no business having children. Yes, I have a child.

  • haggis basher Nov 14, 2007

    "I wonder where the children of all these perfect parents (who watch thier child's every breath) are while they are posting on wral?"

    Safely grown up :)

  • Butterfly Nov 13, 2007

    This is what happens when children are left unattended! I have a 7 yr old and while all the other kids in the neighborhood are outside playing with no supervision, my child is with me. This is a different world then when I grew up and I will not take any chances. Thank god that child was found safe. I am sorry but children that are 2 or 3 yrs old should NEVER be outside without adult supervision. How many children are hit by cars and how many children are kidnapped every day, pedophiles pray on parents like this. There is no turning back when something tragic happens. It isn't about judgement, it is about being the best parent you can be and keeping your child safe, no matter what!

  • naturalborncitizen Nov 13, 2007

    lildmn74, No, not perfect, just not neglectful. Yes, she did neglect this child. I have a 9 year old and yes, you do have to cook and clean, but if your priorities are in order, you know which ones are most important. I would have never left mine alone outside when he was younger. Yes, you have to use the bathroom, bring them in for that couple of minutes. It is called minimizing your risk factor. Saying that "things happen" is enabling anyone who wants to be neglectful. People are irresponsible enough these days and it is to the point that no one is responsible for anything anymore. Yes, she neglected this child, but i don't know that a judge could teach her anything that this has not already taught her, I HOPE. Yes, they can even get out of a crib at night but that is not neglect, that falls into the catagory of "nothing can be done about it" You minimize your risks and most problems don't happen. Hopefully she learned, only time will tell or a judge will decide next time.

  • notyou Nov 13, 2007

    I wonder where the children of all these perfect parents (who watch thier child's every breath) are while they are posting on wral?

  • patton109 Nov 13, 2007

    lawpirate, you said it perfectly. It's easy for people to say what they would have done or would never do, but until you're in that exact situation, you really don't have a true understanding.