During my whole entire life i have never seen anything like but i am definitely sad to see that it happened the way it did happen.but anyways check out the article and let me know what you's think:
Savannah Hardin, a third grader from Etowah County, Alabama, died February 20, at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. The cause is being attributed to the nine-year-old being forced to run for three hours by her step-mother and grandmother as a form of punishment.
Joyce Harden Gerrard, 46, and Jessica Mae Hardin, 26, Savannah’s grandmother and step-mother respectively, have been arrested and are being charged with murder after forcing the girl to run for three consecutive hours on Friday, February 17. Savannah’s autopsy report showed that she was “extremely dehydrated and had very low sodium levels.”
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin said in a news conference, “The preliminary reports show she was severely dehydrated, and her 65-pound frame was in a condition similar to a marathon runner without water.”
The county’s district attorney also stated, “Basically, she was caused to undergo physical exertion to the point in time where she just got dehydrated, and her electrolyte levels got to the point where she couldn’t survive life.”
It is believed that Savannah was being forced to run as punishment for lying to her grandmother about eating candy on the school bus. Neighbor Rodger Simpson told detectives that he saw her from his house on the hill running around at 4pm. At 6:45pm, Savannah’s step-mother called the police and told them that Savannah was having seizures and was unresponsive.
All reports are saying it is unclear whether or not Savannah was being forced to run under “physical coercion or verbal commands only.” Whichever happened, if the girl was forced to run for that amount of time without being allowed to have anything to drink, this was murder whether accidental or not. Speaking as someone from this state, even if the weather was only 60 something degrees that day as Fox 6 WBRC stated that it was, this is a very humid state, and it does not take much to build up a sweat.
Savannah’s father was working for the government overseas when he was notified about his daughter and then took 8 flights home to get to her four hours before her death. The pathologist who conducted the autopsy in Huntsville declared that Savannah’s death was a homicide.
Hardin and Gerrard are both in custody at the Etowah County Detention Center on bonds of $500,000 each. Hardin is currently at local hospital where she gave birth to a baby on Feb. 22. It is possible that charges could be raised to capital murder on both individuals as the investigation continues.
Savannah’s desk at her school, Carlisle Elementary School, has been turned into a memorial to help her classmates cope with her death.