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Woman Who Killed Her Granddaughter, Running Her To Death As Punishment Learns Her Fate

Joyce Hardin Garrard will spend the rest of her life in prison for punishing her 9-year-old granddaughter to death. Savannah Hardin had gotten in trouble for lying about candy she took from a classmate, so her grandmother made her run until she died.

Neighbors were concerned after watching the young girl run for three hours straight. She was even forced to carry firewood as she ran. By the time neighbors decided to stop in, Hardin was vomiting on the ground with her 50-year-old grandmother screaming at her,“Get up! I better not have to tell you again!”

The little girl then had a seizure and was hospitalized. The 9-year-old died a few days later from extreme physical exertion.

“I wish I had done something a lot sooner,”said witness Jolie Jacobs.

The girl’s bus driver, who caught Savannah in the lie and told her grandmother, also felt remorse and “partly responsible” for the girl’s death.

“I should have paid for those candy bars,” the bus driver said.

Garrad apparently changed her story several times and said that her granddaughter asked her to train her to be a better runner. A judge spared Garrad from the death penalty and gave her life in prison without the possibility of parole instead.

“The worst punishment you could give is to send her to the penitentiary as the grandmother who ran her grandchild to death,” Garrard’s attorney said.

Source: Washington Post
Photo: Inquisitr

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