Stepmom Gives Birth After Arrest in Girl's Death
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Alabama officials have taken steps to keep safe the children of a woman arrested in the death of her 9-year-old stepdaughter who was forced to run for three hours. (Feb. 24)


[VOICE-OVER]Alabama officials say Jessica Mae Hardin, the woman accused of running her 9-year-old step daughter to death gave birth just hours after being detained and that they are busy creating a safety plan for that newborn.Savannah Hardin died Monday after police shay she was forced to run for hours as punishment for lying about eating a candy bar.Health officials say the little girl was extremely dehydrated and was suffering seizures.Now neighbors are opening up about the woman next door.SOT Sarrah Ashley, neighborMean as Hell. That's what I thought, mean as hell.She says Jessica Mae Hardin was known to scream and discipline Savannah.SOT Sarrah Ashley, neighborMy daughter has come and said Mom I feel so sorry Savannah and I say why and she says because they make her run all the time and pick up sticks if she does bad things.The 27-year-old Hardin was under guard at a hospital Thursday after giving birth. She and her mother-in-law, Joyce Hardin Garrard, 46, were charged with murder.Hardin also has a three-year-old son who has since been placed with a relative._______ The Associated Press