Harmony Jade Creech

November 15, 2006 - August/September 2007
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Johni Michelle Heuser, at the age of 25 brought Harmony Jade Creech into this world on November 15, 2006 while Harmony's father, Ronald Creech was deployed in Iraq. Everyone who knew Harmony, loved her immediately, she was said to be adorable with a smile that could make anyone's heart melt. Ronald only got to see his daughter for two weeks when he was home on leave and then he went back to Iraq. Returning home on October 19, 2007, Ronald found that the crib he wanted to find his daughter in, was empty.

Harmony's bedroom window screen had been popped out and the window was open and much off her clothing was found to be missing. An Amber Alert was issued immediately. Johni said that she had last seen her daughter the night before at about 11:00 p.m., in her crib. Harmony was only 11 months old and weighed about 18 pounds. There were three other children in the home that night, all under the age of five, none of them were taken and none seemed to have been harmed.

Pictures of Harmony were distributed and many cars were stopped at check points, to check if she was inside one of them and check if anyone had seen her. At one point, someone decided to check the attic of the home, just in case. What they found was horrifying. The remains of Harmony were found with her little body having been stuffed inside a plastic bag and then put into and empty diaper box, the date was January 20, 2007.

Toxicology reports came out that said Harmony had nicotine in her system and she seemed to have been suffering with signs of advanced stages of starvation and date of death was placed between August 31, 2007 and September 30, 2007. This precious little gift from God had decomposed so badly that a cause of death could not be determined.

Johni said that she had found Harmony dead in her crib and didn't tell anyone because she was afraid of what would happen if she did so the night before Ronald was supposed to come home, she popped out the screen, opened the window and hid some of Harmony's things to make it look like she had been taken from her crib that night.

Ronald's nightmare did not end there. For about 18 months after the death of Harmony, the Sheriff's Office retained custody of her body because her body was considered to be a crucial part of the evidence against Johni. Judge Gregory Weeks had ordered that the remains of this little Angel be held by the Sheriff's office. Ronald and his family were under- standably upset:

"When my son got home from Iraq, he was supposed to take leave and bring her so I could
see her for the first time. What it's done to my son and the problems he's experiencing because
of this and to have to deal with this on a daily basis and not able to get his baby back, it's just
one big nightmare"
Ron Creech - Ronald's Father

The District Attorney's Office said that they might need more tests to be done before the trial because at that point, no cause of death had been discovered. Harmony's remains had already been sent to Canada as well as Texas for months worth of tests and Ron said that enough was enough:

"Send the baby on. We're ready to put her in the ground, We're ready to get this over with"

Prosecutors had originally decided to seek the death penalty against Johni. In December of 2010 Johni Michelle Heuser, who was 28 years old at the time,  plead guilty to first degree murder and received a sentence of 11 to 14 years.

Harmony was laid to rest in Pine Grove, Alabama on December 11, 2010. I hope this brings a bit of peace and comfort to her family.

This page was created on November 4, 2014
Death occurred in the state of North Carolina
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