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Durham County girl found in creek was napping before she vanished, 911 caller says

BAHAMA, N.C. (WNCN) - A 911 caller said he had been working in a home's crawl space when a toddler girl disappeared in woods and later died in Durham County last week.

The missing three-year-old girl was found unresponsive in a creek April 9 after vanishing from a home along the 9700 block of Rougemont Road in Bahama, officials said.

Investigators say the little girl was first reported missing at 1:34 p.m. that day. 

Deputies said only the child's father was home at the time. According to deputies, it took deputies 20 minutes to find her in the creek, which is roughly a half mile from the family's home. 

During the 911 call, the man said the girl's mother was at work and that he had put the girl down for a nap about an hour earlier.

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I was "working in crawl space and then went inside and her room was open and she had gone outside," the caller said.

"She's got to be in the woods somewhere," the 911 caller said about the little girl.

The man, who said he was also looking after twin 12-month-old children, also told 911 operators that the family dog was missing.

"The dog is gone and he is outside and not coming back and that is not like him," the caller said.

The caller said the missing girl was wearing just a t-shirt and underwear when she was put down for her nap.

The little girl was hospitalized for more than a day and died April 10.

 Janine Markham who lives near the family, says the family has lived in the Rougemont Road home less than a month, and did major renovations on the home before moving in.

Markham says the girl's father stopped by her house Sunday. 

Markham says the father asked to see her property and they discussed real estate.  She says her partner gave the girl's father a tour of the property.  

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