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Death penalty sought against mother in toddler's death

Posted November 11, 2009
Updated May 13, 2010

— Harnett County prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against the mother of an 11-month-old girl whose remains were were found in the attic of a Spring Lake home two years ago.

Johni Michelle Heuser, 27, of 1680 Ray Road, was indicted in September on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Harmony Jade Creech.

Deputies found the toddler's remains in her mother's attic on Oct. 20, 2007. The indictment states the child was killed between Aug. 31, 2007, and Sept. 30, 2007.

The child had been wrapped in a plastic bag and stuffed in an empty diaper box in a corner of the attic, authorities said. The body was so badly decomposed that medical examiners have never been able to determine a cause of death.

Prosecutors said they believe the child starved to death, based on the findings of a forensic anthropologist at North Carolina State University who examined the toddler's bones.

When the child's father, Sgt. Ronald Creech II, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, returned from a 15-month deployment in Iraq, Heuser initially claimed the baby had been abducted, prompting a statewide Amber Alert.

She later told investigators that she found the baby dead in her crib weeks earlier and hid the death out of fear.


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  • Skywatch_NC Nov 12, 2009

    The death penalty is Biblical which is why in part I'm for it.

  • wildcat Nov 12, 2009

    I don't belive in the death penalty. Life in prison would absolutely be served better.

  • wildcat Nov 12, 2009

    I believe life in prison without parole would be better served. She would not have much of a life in prison. Death would not be the answer or solve anything.

  • Raptor06 Nov 12, 2009

    "They will first have to prove that going after the Death Penalty is NOT racially motivated. That will be nearly impossi.... oh wait. That only applies to blacks."...DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    Maybe someone will tell us why race is an issue in this posting? This young woman doesn't look like she's black to me. I feel some other issues are surfacing here that are irrelevant to this conversation.

  • krazykristie06 Nov 12, 2009

    People....we still have the death penalty! The exicutions is what has been put on hold. There are plenty sitting in prison waiting for the needle.

  • Seeminglyopposed Nov 12, 2009

    DeathRow I Feel Your Pain-Not.....
    You are seeping with hatred and racially at that, or you just could be someone without a life and hate all including oneself. It is sad that sticking to the facts if not good enough, and comments such as yours are still surfacing in our society. No wonder you are for the death penalty, are you sure u are not tapping in from a secure location?

  • familyfour Nov 12, 2009

    Put her down.

    Her child probably died of starvation......


    Just put her down.

  • 2early4me Nov 12, 2009

    "An eye for an eye" has stood the test of time in other parts of our planet. She should have to suffer the same slow death as her baby.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 12, 2009

    Death Row-
    Do you look at people as individuals or as a black person or a white person? I have read alot of your posts and it seems you have a grudge against SOME black people, but your hostility comes out against all of them.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 12, 2009

    Another dumb criminal. If my baby really passed accidentally, I am on the phone with paramedics praying that there is a sliver of a chance she could be saved. Im not going to wrap her body up and hide her. Some people should have no eggs.