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Couple Charged After Girl, 5, Dies From Being Forced To Drink Soda

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File photo of a person holding a cup of soda. (Photo by Xavi Gomez/Cover/Getty Images)

File photo of a person holding a cup of soda. (Photo by Xavi Gomez/Cover/Getty Images)

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SURGIONSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee couple is charged with murder in the death of the man’s 5-year-old daughter after an autopsy revealed the girl died from being forced to drink more than 2 liters of grape soda and water.

According to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office and the autopsy report, Alexa Linboom was brought in to the emergency room on Jan. 1, 2012, by her father, Randall Vaughn, and his wife, Mary Vaughn.

The girl was blue and not responding. She had severe brain damage. An investigation revealed the girl had been forced to drink the water and soda over one to two hours as punishment. The massive intake of fluid caused her brain to swell and herniate.

The couple is being held at the Hawkins County Jail on a $500,000 bond each.

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