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Grandmother, stepmother punish girl by making her run to death, literally

Posted Feb 23 2012 1:09pm

From the stupid parents category: Last week, a 9-year-old Alabama girl ate some candy bars. Then, when asked about what she ate, the girl lied to her grandmother. The grandmother and the girl’s stepmother decide to punish the girl for lying.

Ok. No big deal here. Girl lied. Girl punished. Happens every day, right?

Except this girl’s punishment was like a scene from football training camp. They made the poor girl run. And run. And run. Until they told her she could stop. Problem is, they never told her to stop. She ran for 3 hours. Then she collapsed, having suffered from seizures and severe dehydration.  She was put on life support and died a few days later.

Police later arrested 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard and 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin in connection with the death of the girl, Savannah Hardin. (In a sad twist of faith, Jessica Mae Hardin gave birth two days after Savannah died.)

“She was extremely dehydrated and had a low sodium level, much like that of a marathon runner with no runner,” sheriff Todd Entrekin said to the local newspaper, the Gadsden Times in Alabama .

The Gadsden Times reported that Savannah got chocolate candy bars from someone on the school bus, and her family alleges she had a bladder condition and wasn’t supposed to have chocolate because of it.

I don’t think it needs to be said here how stupid the grandmother and stepmother was in this situation. They are not the first parents who took child abuse to a whole different level. What I’m trying to understand is why this particular punishment? Why’d they make her run? To burn the chocolate out of her system?

I just don’t get it. But Entrekin, the sheriff, summed it up perfectly when he said. “To be run to death is uncalled for.”

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