Grandmother and stepmother arrested for the death of a child

POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 1:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 1:06pm

Two women have been charged with murder following the death of a 9-year old Alabama girl.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Office reports Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46, and Jessica Mae Hardin, 27, were both arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of Savannah Hardin.

Joyce Garrard is the child's grandmother and Jessica Hardin is her stepmother.

Evidence shows that Garrard was allegedly planning to punish Savannah for lying to her.

On Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, Savannah was supposedly told to run and was not allowed to stop.

Savannah ran for about three hours.

A 911 call was made by Jessica Hardin, at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The call stated that Savannah was having a seizure and was unresponsive.

The young girl died Monday at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

After an autopsy, Savannah's death was ruled a homicide by a state pathologist.

Preliminary reports show Savannah was extremely dehydrated and had a very low sodium level.

Savannah was a 3rd grade student at Carlisle Elementary School.

Garrard and Hardin are being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on $500,000 cash bond.

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