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    9 Year Old Girl Dies After Being Forced To Run 3 Hrs Straight As Punishment

    9 Year Old Girl Dies After Being Forced To Run 3 Hrs Straight As Punishment
    2 charged in death of Ala girl forced to run

    ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) — Roger Simpson said he looked down the road and saw a little girl running outside her home but didn't give it another thought. Police, however, said the man witnessed a murder in progress.

    Authorities say 9-year-old Savannah Hardin died after being forced to run for three hours as punishment for having lied to her grandmother about eating candy bars. Severely dehydrated, the girl had a seizure and died days later. Now, her grandmother and stepmother who police say meted out the punishment were taken to jail Wednesday and face murder charges.

    Witnesses told deputies Savannah was told to run and not allowed to stop for three hours on Friday, an Etowah County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. The girl's stepmother, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, called police at 6:45 p.m., telling them Savannah was having a seizure and was unresponsive.
    Simpson said he saw a little girl running at around 4 p.m., but didn't see anybody chasing or coercing her.

    "I saw her running down there, that's what I told the detectives," Simpson said from his home on a hill overlooking the Hardins. "But I don't see how that would kill her."
    Authorities are still trying to determine whether Savannah was forced to run by physical coercion or by verbal commands. Deputies were told the girl was made to run after lying to her grandmother, 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard, about having eaten the candy, sheriff's office spokeswoman Natalie Barton said.
    Savannah Hardin died Monday at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. The sheriff's release said an autopsy report showed the girl was extremely dehydrated and had a very low sodium level. A state pathologist ruled it a homicide.

    The sheriff's office received calls from concerned citizens who witnessed the girl running. No other details were released, but an official with the local volunteer fire department said rescuers thought something seemed odd when they responded to a call about the child.
    "One of the ones who were down there said he didn't feel like everything was right," said Ruby Ward, vice president of the Mountainboro Volunteer Fire Department.

    Gail Denny and her husband Phil, live just up a dirt road from the home. They've known the family since they moved to the area in northeastern Alabama seven years ago.
    The couple said they were used to seeing Savannah and other neighborhood children out waiting on the school bus in the morning. Gail Denny said her grandson had a crush on Savannah.
    "My grandson asked her to be his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, and she said 'yes,'" she said before dissolving into tears. She left a candle and stuffed animal outside the girl's home Wednesday night, saying a prayer as she paused beside the road.

    The trailer where Savannah lived was surrounded by a wooden fence, playground equipment and toys. Neighbors say they never saw children playing in the yard.
    They told The Associated Press that Garrard owned a lot of property along the road and much of her family lived in homes on that property.
    "It seems like a very happy extended family around here," Denny said. "There are mothers, grandmothers, kids. It sounds like a punishment that got out of hand."
    Garrard and Jessica Mae Hardin are being held in the Etowah County Detention Center, each on a $500,000 cash bond.
    Court records show that Robert Hardin filed for divorce in August of 2010. In his complaint, he asserted his wife was bi-polar and had alcoholic tendencies. He accused her previously of having run off with the couple's own child. In her response, Jessica denied all of Robert's allegations.

    Five months after filing for divorce, the two asked a judge to dismiss their case.
    Savannah Hardin was a third-grader at Carlisle Elementary School. Superintendent Alan Cosby said her desk had been turned into a makeshift memorial where her classmates could leave notes and mementos. He said counselors and social workers were made available for students.
    "This is obviously a very tragic, devastating, heartbreaking situation," Cosby said. "Nothing like this has ever happened before."
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    now who gonna tell us about the kids in Caribbean and Africa who can run for days and we are too spoiled in AmericaI'll wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Madonna View Post
    now who gonna tell us about the kids in Caribbean and Africa who can run for days and we are too spoiled in AmericaI'll wait
    this is a serious matter and ur KHUNNTERY not helping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWAGGERIFIC View Post
    this is a serious matter and ur KHUNNTERY not helping.

    it was serious when folks was okaying that 5 mile walk shit too, but only now after a child is dead, you can see the seriousness. dont lash out at me because I point out the same ####################ERY from the other thread
    Last edited by Black Madonna; 02-24-2012 at 06:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Madonna View Post
    now who gonna tell us about the kids in Caribbean and Africa who can run for days and we are too spoiled in AmericaI'll wait
    Nobody will..nobody had to endure that, cause that is excessive. u only proving everyone elses point. Not only that the majority of the ppl who were arguing the other case was saying it was abusive because of endangerment. Child could have been harmed. Not the actual distance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Madonna View Post
    it was serious when folks was okaying that 5 mile walk shit too, but only now after a child is dead, you can see the seriousness. dont lash out at me because I point out the same ####################ERY from the other thread
    wha u relly talkin bout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Madonna View Post
    now who gonna tell us about the kids in Caribbean and Africa who can run for days and we are too spoiled in AmericaI'll wait
    walking 5 miles at a slow pace is NOT the same as running nonstop for three hours with no water


    Quote Originally Posted by Black Madonna View Post
    it was serious when folks was okaying that 5 mile walk shit too, but only now after a child is dead, you can see the seriousness. dont lash out at me because I point out the same ####################ERY from the other thread
    they're not the same thing though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWAGGERIFIC View Post
    this is a serious matter and ur KHUNNTERY not helping.
    i agree, they should have stopped her after 2 hours and build her up to 3 over time. should could have been the next olympic marathon champion

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    smh tsk tsk tsk

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    womp womp

    doh worry she knew this.. Just HATEEEEE to be proven wrong

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    do you know how long it takes to WALK a mile at a childs pace? an adult at a brisk pace on average does that in 20-30 minutes and multiply that by 5. and that is an adult. so that is dangerous. and the child still has to get to school on time, so if he is running, jogging or briskly walking part of the distance, it aint much difference
    there is a reason why THAT mother was arrested. and this is it. but most of you couldnt see that. unnuh only see it now that THIS child is dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-MAKAA View Post
    womp womp

    doh worry she knew this.. Just HATEEEEE to be proven wrong
    a child is dead, the other mother was arrested but you think I am wrong? you people are so caught up in who is right and who is wrong that you miss the big picture. if you want to put it in right/wrong terms (which it not about that for me) then the death of this child makes me right, that it is abuse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Madonna View Post
    do you know how long it takes to WALK a mile at a childs pace? an adult at a brisk pace on average does that in 20-30 minutes and multiply that by 5. and that is an adult. so that is dangerous. and the child still has to get to school on time, so if he is running, jogging or briskly walking part of the distance, it aint much difference
    there is a reason why THAT mother was arrested. and this is it. but most of you couldnt see that. unnuh only see it now that THIS child is dead
    lol sorry but if it takes you 30 minutes to walk a mile you are in atrocious shape. A mile can walk in 15 mins, 10 or 12 if you go at a brisk pace. When me and my siblings were kids we used to walk all over the place no problem, 5 miles aint a cakewalk but it definitely isn't dangerous, and shouldn't take you anywhere near 3 hours.

    What that little girl did was the equivalent of running a marathon with no water...its NOT the same thing. The other mother was arrested probably because she left a child in the street unattended, which is fair and makes sense (sort of), not because a kid walked 5 miles. If that was the case then you would have to arrest every soccer and football coach and gym teacher in this country.

    Making a child run 3 hours with no water is abuse. Making a child walk 5 miles unattended, while irresponsible, is not abuse. Apples and Oranges.
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