9-year-old Dies from Being Forced to Run: Grandmother & Stepmom Charged with Murder

Savannah Hardin

Throughout the years careless caregivers have doled out a variety of bizarre, cruel, and unusual punishments to children to “teach them a lesson” of how they have erred. Not only do the punishments not fit the perceived crime, but sometimes the results don’t end in better behavior or remorse but, unfortunately, in death. Nine-year-old Savannah Hardin was one of those children who were given an unfit punishment, and it killed her.

What happened? Reportedly, Savannah was forced to run for three straight hours by her grandmother and her stepmother after they believed she ate candy bars and lied about it.  There is no word if she was “forced to run by physical coercion or by verbal commands,” but after running for that long the girl became dehydrated and had a seizure. An autopsy report showed that she was indeed severely dehydrated and also had a very low sodium level. A state pathologist ruled it a homicide.

Some people in the neighborhood called the authorities when they saw her running for so long. “One of the ones who were down there said he didn’t feel like everything was right,” a member of the local volunteer fire department said.

Garrard and Jessica Mae Hardin, the grandmother and stepmother, were arrested and are each being held for $500,000 bail.

Should these women be charged with murder or should a lesser charge be administered?

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