A 9-year-old girl is dead after being punished by her grandmother and stepmother for eating candy.
9-year-old Savannah Hardin was forced to run for three hours without stopping as punishment for lying to her grandmother about eating candy bars, police told Kare 11. The severely dehydrated girl had a seizure and died days later, her death ruled a homicide.
The girl's stepmother, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, called police at 6:45 p.m., telling them that Savannah was having a seizure and was unresponsive.
Savannah Hardin died Monday at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. The autopsy report showed the girl was extremely dehydrated and had a very low sodium level. A state pathologist told the Sun Times her death was ruled a homicide.
Savannah's stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, and her mother-in-law Joyce Hardin Garrard were charged with murder in the death of Savannah Hardin.