Jessica Mae Hardin

Jessica Mae Hardin (L) and Joyce Hardin Garrard (credit: Etowah County Sheriff's Office)

Grandmother, Stepmother Charged When Girl, 9, Dies During Running Punishment

Witnesses told deputies that Savannah Hardin was told to run and not allowed to stop for three hours on Friday Feb. 17, an Etowah County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said. The girl’s stepmother, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, called police at 6:45 p.m., telling authorities that Savannah was having a seizure and was unresponsive.



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