Feb 23, 2012 3:26 AM by Kirsten Bennett

Two charged in death of young 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 in eastern Alabama, however, say 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 tell deputies Savannah was told to run and not allowed to stop for three hours on Friday.


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