Girl Dies After Forced 3-Hour Run

Exercise was punishment for eating candy


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On Wednesday, police in Alabama arrested and charged two women for the murder of a nine-year-old girl who died yesterday after she was forced to run for three hours. The girl’s stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, and grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, forced Savannah Hardin to run for hours because she lied about eating a candy bar. Severely dehydrated and with very low blood sodium levels, the girl had a seizure and died in the hospital nine days later. Investigators are considering upgrading the charges to capital murder, which carries a death sentence.

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