Grandma Gets Life In Prison

Back in 2012 a grandmother was arrested and accused of literally running her granddaughter to death. She was recently convicted and now sentenced to life in person. The Alabama jury reviewing her case convicted Joyce Garrard of capital murder. Her granddaughter, Savannah Hardin was only 9-years-old.

Garrard, 49, was attempting to punish her granddaughter because she lied about eating candy on the school bus. As punishment for lying, Garrard forced the little girl to run for more than three hours. Neighbors who were witness to Savannah’s punishment saw the girl running laps and Garrard outside screaming at her to continue running throughout the afternoon. Eventually, the app users reported the little girl collapsed and later died at a Birmingham area hospital.

According to a statement made by Garrard at the hearing, she stated that she never forced the girl to run. However the autopsy results indicated that Savannah died from “extreme physical exertion.” The report also indicated that Savannah was extremely dehydrated and had very low sodium levels, attributing to her death. The jury took this into consideration as they were trying to determine between life without parole and the death penalty.

In addition to Garrard, the girl’s stepmother, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin is also facing charges related to her death. Prosecutors were attempting to charge Hardin with murder since she was present but did nothing to stop Garrard. Hardin is still awaiting trial for her role in Savannah’s passing.

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