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Slain Toddler Mourned at Funeral

Posted July 5, 2007 5:44 p.m. EDT
Updated July 5, 2007 9:46 p.m. EDT

— 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.