Grandma Faces Capital Murder in Girl's Death
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Authorities say a woman accused of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for eating chocolate was captured on a school bus videotape saying she planned to run the child "`til she can't run no more." (March 1)

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[Location - Date:][Source:][VO:]A WOMAN ACCUSED OF RUNNING HER 9-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER TO DEATH--WAS ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT ON TAPE PLANNING THE PUNISHMENT....THE RUN WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PUNISHMENT FOR A LIE SAVANNAH HARDIN TOLD--ABOUT TAKING A CANDY BAR. I'M GONNA RUN HER UNTIL SHE CAN'T RUN NO MORE--THAT'S WHAT PROSECUTOR SAY JOYCE GARRARD TOLD THE GIRL'S BUS DRIVER--THE CONVERSATION WAS APPARENTLY CAUGHT ON A SCHOOL BUS SURVEILLANCE CAMERA...THE AUTOPSY INDICATES THE GIRL WAS SEVERELY DEHYDRATED WITH EXTREMELY LOW SODIUM LEVELS...AUTHORITIES COMPARED HER CONDITION TO THAT OF AN ATHLETE WHO RAN A MARATHON WITHOUT DRINKING ANY WATER.GARRARD AND SAVANNAH'S STEPMOTHER ARE BOTH CHARGED IN THE CHILD'S DEATH LAST MONTH...AUTHORITIES SAY THE OLDER WOMAN MADE THE CHILD RUN FOR THREE HOURS AS PUNISHMENT--AND THE YOUNGER WOMAN FAILED TO INTERVENE. THE DEFENSE ARGUES NEITHER WOMAN DID ANYTHING INTENTIONAL TO CAUSE THE CHILD'S DEATH--THEY BLAME AN UNSPECIFIED MEDICAL PROBLEM.--SUPPLYING COURT DOCUMENTS TO SHOW THE CHILD HAD HEALTH ISSUES AND MADE FREQUENT TRIPS TO DOCTORS...THEY SAY JESSICA HARDIN WAS NINE MONTHS PREGNANT AT THE TIME AND ALSO BUSY CARING FOR HER 3-YEAR-OLD SON.JOYCE GARRARD IS CHARGED WITH CAPITAL MURDER...SHE FACES THE DEATH PENALTY, IF CONVICTED...PROSECUTORS HAVE NOT YET DETERMINED IF JESSICA HARDIN WILL FACE THE SAME CHARGES AT TRIAL.[SIGOUT/REPORTER, LOCATION, ASSOCIATED PRESS](****END****) VIDEO SOURCE: WBMA-----------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: Courtesy ABC 33/40----------------------------------