Savannah Hardin: gran and step-mother charged with exercising nine-year-old to death
SAVANNAH Hardin, 9, was murdered by her step-mother and grandmother. So say the police in Birmingham, Alabama. (The child’s father was working overseas.)
It is alleged Savannah Hardin was “run to death” for eating sweets. After three hours of enforced exercise, Savannah Hardin was so dehydrated she died.
Todd Entrekin, sheriff of Etowah county, tells media that Savannah had eaten a bar of confectionary on the school bus. He alleges that the girl’s grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46, was upset that SAvannah had lied to her about eating the bar. Savannah had a bladder condition. It was claimed the bar could make the illness worse. So. The grandmother and mother punished the child.
Says Jimmie Harp, district attorney for Etowah county:
“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. [It was] “a very … you know, unnecessary act. From what we can tell, taking of a candy bar turned into [an] all-day marathon, so to speak … physical PE-type exercise until the point of time she just collapsed. We’re very disturbed by that.”
Savannah’s stepmother, Jessica Hardin, 27,called the emergency services. She said the girl was having seizures.
Says the Alabama Department of Human Resources:
“The department has one pending investigation concerning Savannah Hardin that allegedly occurred in another state involving an alleged perpetrator that resides in that state. We are working with law enforcement in the other state to conduct interviews in that state.”
How can this be proven? How can you prove a child was ordered to run if no-one confesses?
Wayne Hardin leans on his fence and talks about the house next door in Dayton, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Eleven children, some of them reportedly found in restraints, were removed from the house by children's protective services last month. Texas authorities said Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, that they removed 11 children last month from the home where a registered sex offender lives after they found eight confined in a small, dark bedroom with restraints tying some to their beds. One month after a raid on the house, authorities are still trying to determine how the children are related and why they were there, Child Protective Services spokeswoman Gwen Carter said. Along with the children, 10 adults were living in the one-story, 1,700-square-foot home. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)