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Toddler drowns in Johnston pool

Posted July 16, 2012
Updated July 19, 2012

— A 15-month-old girl drowned Monday afternoon in a pool in the Archer Lodge area of Johnston County, authorities said.

Deputies and paramedics were called to 5465 Applewhite Road shortly after 2:30 p.m. because the girl was unresponsive, authorities said.

Rebecca Gale Creech, of Kenly, was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, where she died about two hours later.


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  • melissaeno2 Jul 19, 2012

    What a sad & devastating end to this childs life... My thoughts & prayers are with her Family who desparately need them right now. R.I.P.Sweet Girl ...

  • kiki_champ Jul 17, 2012

    To the family and friends: I am sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • whyyoulikethat Jul 17, 2012

    Why are you people talking about pit bulls?? Sad, sad story here....a family is devastated...and you feel this is the time to jump on your soapbox?

  • Gnathostomata Jul 17, 2012

    Was answering halfpint who mentioned she has a pit bull. Not trying to offend you, angelienna. Read my whole post; dogs are only as aggressive as they are trained to be, but strangers may provoke them and they will defend themselves and their family. Small children do not know danger and want to touch dogs, cats, anything in their world...so it is best not to test the dog's friendliness around small, not of your household, children. Anyway, toddlers are small, fast, and exploratory. Dogs are friendly and sweet to their family members. Im heading out to find some rose-colored glasses now.

  • angelienna Jul 17, 2012

    Gnathostomata - then your story should say DOGS may love their family.... no need to call out a breed... or better yet, next time please use Schnauzers or Yorkie's. Thanks!

  • angelienna Jul 17, 2012

    Condolences to the family...
    Bombay.. you are out of line. Trying to stir the pot by bringing dogs into this is wrong. The day I brought my son home from the hospital he came home to a house with a rottie in it. My son is 16 and our dog left us due to cancer years ago... but I would trade just about anything to have her back. She was loving, loyal and did not judge. Better than most people if you ask me. I currently own my 3rd rott as well as a hound mix..and well the rott is the nicer of the two dogs. Please don't stereotype breeds of dogs. Yes there are dogs who turn mean because that is what they have been taught.. but it is no different than me calling you uneducated because of one comment you make. Unfair isn't it? And please, if the story isn't about dogs, don't try to make it... these people are hurting and need prayers and words of encouragement. Not pot stirring.

  • Gnathostomata Jul 17, 2012

    Pit bulls may love their family, but feel threatened by outsiders, same as any dog. Toddlers do not understand that touching ears and eyes hurt the dog, do not understand that dogs have a personal space; they want to pat the doggie, and sometimes it ends disasterously...and I did not single out pits, all dogs can be dangerous to small children that they don't know. If you *assume* a dog is friendly you may find out it isn't. I, too, had the friendliest dog in the world, loved everybody and was never aggressive. A friend visited and saw the dog, ran up to it making baby talk in a strange voice that the dog had never heard, and when she bent over to touch the dog the dog snapped at her. As I said, the friendliest dog in the world, known as a sweet natured animal. Now I say, "If it has teeth, it might bite". Better safe than sorry.

  • halfpint1552 Jul 17, 2012

    "pools and pit bulls ... neither should be near a small child."

    I have a 16 month old daughter, a pool, and a pit bull. My dog is the most freindly, loving animal I have ever met and loves my baby. I am offended by your comment.

    A pool is great for kids, as long as you watch them, have a fence around the pool if it's inground, and keep the ladder out if not in use if it's above ground. This is niglect of supervising a small child.

  • Gnathostomata Jul 17, 2012

    Pools and pit bulls, and any other dog with teeth, should be behind a chain fence when small children are in the area. Children, especially toddlers, do not know danger and are exploring their world constantly. Parents of toddlers put their lives on hold while babies turn into toddlers and become mobile. And even the most diligent Mom can not concentrate 100% of the time; turn your attention to answering a phone, paying a cashier, loading the dishwasher and the toddler is into something. No fault of the parents, it just happens. Condolences to the family for this tragedy.

  • gnewsome1 Jul 16, 2012

    Prayers to all. Tragedy all the way around.