9-year-old girl died after being force to run

ALABAMA – Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46 (grandmother), and 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin (stepmother), of 9-year-old child are in police custody facing murder charges arising out of the child’s death.

Joyce Hardin Garrard and Jessica Mae Hardin

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Savannah Hardin, 9-year-old girl, was forced to run for three hours as punishment for lying to her grandmother about eating candy. The girl suffered extreme dehydration and very low sodium level according to an autopsy. She died several days later. A state pathologist lined the death a homicide.
Savannah Hardin

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Now, her grandmother and stepmother face murder charges. The two women are being held on a $500,000 cash bond for each.



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