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Capital Murder Charge; Grandma Ran Savannah Hardin to Death

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

An Alabama woman who is accused of forcing her nine-year-old granddaughter to run until she dropped dead is now changed with capital murder, which means she could face the death penalty if convicted.

As Opposing Views reported last week, police say Savannah Hardin was forced to run for three hours as punishment for eating candy.

In court on Thursday, 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard was charged with capital murder, reports the New York Daily News. One piece of evidence against her was that she was reportedly caught on surveillance video telling a school bus driver that "I gonna run her (Savannah) 'til she can't run no more."

Savannah's stepmother, 27-year-old Jessica Hardin, is also charged with murder. Charges against her could be upgraded to capital murder next week.

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The severe charge is possible because the death occurred during the commission of another felony -- child abuse.

The defense contends that the women did absolutely nothing to cause Savannah's death, which they blamed on a mystery medical problem. Previous court documents show the girl did have some health issues and made frequent visits to doctors.

The autopsy showed Savannah was severely dehydrated.