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GADSDEN, ALA. –  The grandmother and step-mom of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin are currently in jail, both accused of forcing the girl to run for three hours straight until she had a seizure and later died.

According to police, 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard and 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, were punishing the girl for eating candy bars and then lying about it. They forced her to run around their double-wide trailer until she eventually collapsed. Her mother called 911 but Savannah would die days later at the hospital.

Her father was working overseas when he found out that his daughter was in the hospital and took eight flights to be with her. Four hours later, Savannah would be taken off the ventilator.

A state pathologist ruled Savannah’s death a homicide after finding she was extremely dehydrated and had a very low sodium level at the time of her death, suffering from a condition common in marathon runners.

Joyce Hardin Garrard and Jessica Mae Hardin

“Basically she was caused to undergo physical exertion to the point in time where she just got dehydrated and her electrolyte levels got to the point where she couldn’t survive life,” Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp said.

Both women were arrested and charged with murder, but as the investigation continues, those charges could be upgraded to capital murder as the investigation continues.

At Savannah’s school, her desk has been turned into a memorial where children have been leaving messages and hand-drawn pictures.

Yesterday afternoon, Jessica Hardin gave birth at a Gadsden hospital while under the guard of sheriff’s deputies.


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  • What sick bitches! They need to be out there running. Poor girl. I feel terrible for her father.

  • I know a curb that their open mouths would look great wrapped around.

    That poor father, overseas trying to make a good life for his family and this is his reward? (((Dad)))

  • I hate people. Poor little girl.

  • Is the jail in a public pool house? That’s an interesting background.

  • rensuchan

    Please just take the new baby away from Jessica.  She doesn’t deserve another chance at this “parenthood” thing.

  • Zazen

    And this is how evil bitches ‘make room’ in a trailer for new babies.

  • JGo555

    Were they afraid the kid was gonna get fat LIKE THEM? I don’t give a fuck if she was preggers, she was a fucking cow before.

    What’s worse it seems to me like that kid was gonna be treated orse when that baby came.

    So now there’s one more reason I can use to say that I hate running: IT KILLS!

    Baby girl, I hope you always have all the candy in heaven that you want.

    I hope these fat assholey cows are never able to eat another candy bar every again and that they get sick from eating them until they die.

  • reapre

    Idk if it’s irony or what, but the middle picture up top (for the stories) is the link for “Hardin Central C-2”

    In MCT, one of the guys in my platoon suffered Severe Heat exhaustion/heat stroke, and had a temp of 108 something.  He got delirious and started stripping…that’s when they knew something was really wrong. (he ended up being ok, somehow.)

    Seeing someones delirium with severe dehydration, and knowing the symptoms, you KNOW somethings not right.  They act like a blacked out confused (non-angry) drunk.  The charges, imo, should be upgraded.  They had to have kept forcing her and refusing to give her water, which she would’ve complained more than once of “being thirsty” and “tired”, and she would’ve started acting weird, even for a 9 year old.  3 fucking hours, is fucking torture at that age, or any age.

    I feel bad for dad.  I can’t imagine his heartbreak from all angles.  Betrayed by his childs “protector”, and at the loss of his daughter.

  • PhantasmaGora

    Wow…sad to see my state on here… Cruel fucking bitches. Ill run them OVER for free. Fuck the drain theyll add to the state..

  • Evan Oswald

    these sick pieces of SHIT!  had to laugh that she was running around the “family” double wide – and for that matter……she was only running for 3 hours.  But still – these asshole parents should have known not to make her run more than like 15 minutes

  • CT

    Thank you.  Stupid fat cows couldn’t even run for 2 fucking blocks I am quite certain so to make a 9 year old run for 3 fucking HOURS!  OMG.  Punishment for eating candy bars?  They probably belonged to these two heifers. 

    I don’t run unless I am being chased and so far I only do things that could get me chased when I am behind the wheel of a car.  

  • johnn0483

    So the penalty for eating a candy bar without permission is death?>?   I can only wonder what else this poor kid had to put up with. 

  • sugarpie

    Poor little girl probably didn’t even take the candy bars.  One of those f’n bitches did and blamed it on her. 

  • reapre

    “she was only running for 3 hours” ONLY?!

    I don’t see how “running” your child could be seen as “disciplining” your child.  Take a full grown (average) adult and MAKE them run for “only” 3 hours.  After vomiting and bad cramps, saying they don’t die of a heart-attack first, they will HATE YOU, not respect you.

  • kimbev69

    I wonder if she was abusing her before daddy left how sad

  • Andy P

    Wow.  How absolutely heartbreaking and senseless.  I hope they both get more than the paltry 10 or less years they will probably get. What a fucking shame.

    EDIT: And kudos to the dad who clearly loved his child to take 8 connecting flights to be with her in her final hours.

  • Deety

    I can see making a kid run ten laps around a trailer as discipline. But three hours is torture, and refusing her water (you’re right, she must have complained of thirst) is murder. :’-(

  • reapre

    “Are you fucking serious? She killed her child “


    “She killed her HUSBANDS child” or “She killed her STEP child”…(incase you missed that part.)

  • Andy P

    Ah, right – missed that twist.  So what we’re really saying is that she either let, or participated in the murder of her husband’s child / her step child, just gave birth to their child and somehow the Granny was either on board or the mastermind behind it.  Is that where we are?  Wow.  Just when I thought I…  Never mind. 

  • LeaveMeBe

    That’s awful judgemental of you. Everyone deserves a second chance. After all, the little girl who died wasn’t biologically realted to Jessica so she didn’t really count.

  • rensuchan

    ROFL.  I almost busted out laughing at work from that sarcasm <3

  • LeaveMeBe

    No need to suck up tax payer money by imprisoning these two. I would gladly take them and bring my longe line and longe whip out of retirement and run their asses to death. It’s supposed to be 90 degrees here tomorrow. Anybody in AL want to haul them over here to Texas for me?

  • CrimsonSorrow

    Take that newborn and tell the docs to sew her up. Why can’t we pass sterilization as part of punishment?? Is it in the constitution that everyone has a right to reproduce?? Seriously, why can’t we do that?

  • sugarpie

    I won’t haul’em, but I’ll follow behind ’em while they run the whole way.

  • reapre

    Your cars going to be in neutral with a rope tied around their wastes, right? (wastes = pun, not misspelled.)

    Oh, don’t forget to leave the e-brake on, either.

  • reapre

    No, we’re really saying the bitch killed her “red-headed step-child” with her mothers insight, and help. No need to dance around with PC terms like that here =P

  • reapre

    omg, that’s so horrible.  I hope there’s not “a special place in hell” for me laughing at this…oh god…

  • LeaveMeBe

    Alright. But if you do that it is not going to leave me much to work with. Thats OK, making them do the longes in a sandy corral on bloody stumps is pretty unique too.

  • Evan Oswald

    lol when i said ONLY I you have to remember a) i didn’t assume she had no water, b) it killed her — death yo —- so all i am saying is: “oh i would have thought it was more like 8 hours before you DIED from running”

  • Evan Oswald

    ding ding ding ding -> that is the correct answer!

  • LeaveMeBe

    I’m sorry reapre, I like you, I really do. And because of that I have to tell you that there is already a seat reserved on the bus for you. (We had to rent a bus, the basket was going to be way too crowded.) You can sit by me if you want to.

  • osteenq

    I say we tie a rope around each of their necks and see how fast these bitches can run behind a car.

  • JohnQknowitall

    My heart goes out to the dad. Get a divorce lawyer now and I don’t know what the fuck to do with your mother.

    I cannot understand how this can happen. The little girl must have been terrified. As a kid I would have just stopped, sat down, and taken my lumps. But, then again, my parents were not the tyrants I thought they were and these two nasty bitches drive that fact home to me again.

  • VeronicaMarie

    Your story reminds me of this cable doc I watched about the Army Green Beret training program. After the first day of trying to break the trainees with nonstop and repetitive physical exertion, one guy became noticably disoriented and starting stumbling around. When the medic asked him if he knew where he was, he paused, thought about it for a second and said “Uh…hash browns?” He wasn’t remotely joking. I felt bad for snickering, kind of.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    The dad needs to divorce his wife, take their newborn child (assuming he is the child’s father), and get the hell away from those people.

  • reapre

    We had 2 asian guys in that Platoon with names “Ying” and “Yang”…it was one of them, the shorter one, just don’t remember which.

    They had fucked up on the logistical side, and hadn’t got a “water bull” in time for us for our “hump” (military term for hike), so we ended up leaving on normal time with 2 full canteens, and that was it.  So they gave us “oranges” to hydrate us when our canteens water had ran out… >.>

    When we got to our 10k checkpoint, he was complaining about something, the corpsman came over told him to quit whining and gave him a canteen and told him to sit in the shade (of the safety vehicle).  We promptly watch him walk over to the HMMWV, strip down to his boxers and start rolling on the ground…The corpsman yelled at him, asked what he was doing, and he said something like “Ms _____ told me to get _____ off my back”…made absolutely no sense…the corpsman just goes “oh shit, come here.” took him behind the HMMWV, so we couldn’t see him, gave him the silver bullet, and then called over Plt Sgt (who was a SSgt) told him he needed to be medivacced…so they threw him in the HMMWV and drove back to base.  We had to wait, laying down on our stomachs, in a circle, in a “perimeter” to make sure “enemies” weren’t going to sneak up on us, until we got another “safety vehicle” a couple hours later…It was July, midday, and effing HOT in SoCal…it’s weird how much shit you remember as the years pass you by.

  • aka jas

    Prolly  not…. but this one time, Morbid put a group of mugshots in a rollercoaster.  It was pretty funny. :.) 

  • I actually live in Alabama, about 25 minutes from Gadsden. This is so sad. My daughter is in 3rd grade and 8 years old. I cannot imagine what was going through these idiot’s heads. It hasn’t even been hot here.They ran her so much, in cool weather, and it still killed her. Just a terrible story.

  • sherrdbw

    Not the stepmother again. This shit has got to stop!

  • sherrdbw

    This is the second time the stepmother has injured one of the kids. The father was going to divorce her for it but changed his mind, so this is no grand surprise. The stepmother has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but won’t take her meds. And sadly the girl’s own grandmother was just as involved in her death. The D.A. is checking into the death penalty as punishment.

  • sherrdbw

    But the grandmother was. Isn’t it wonderful to see the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law getting along so nicely. I hope that neither one gets their grubby little paws on the new baby ever.

  • sherrdbw

    Have you noticed that all of these child abusers/killers never look like they have missed a meal ever.

  • sherrdbw

    Me too!

  • sherrdbw

    Why in the hell was she running for punishment anyway. She has a medical condition that is affected by caffeine, so she is not supposed to eat chocolate. But it is quite common in females and wasn’t any big deal. The chocolate was given to her by some other child on her school bus. If they felt the need to punish her then take away tv for the evening or something. She didn’t do a drive-by shooting.

  • sherrdbw

    Another child on the school bus gave it to her. It never was the stepmother’s or grandmother’s candy to begin with.

  • sherrdbw

    Previous abuse issues with a different child.

  • sherrdbw

    I guess that everyone has the constitutional right to breed as many victims as they want to.

  • sherrdbw

    The father filed for divorce previously when this woman abused another of his children but changed his mind. I guess that he will go through with it this time.

  • sherrdbw

    I live in Huntsville.

  • This story of all, actually made it to the Danish news, front side and all.

  • JGo555

    Yes, they hate the fact that the kid can eat & not gain weight because of its fast metabolism (they’re too stupid to know about metablism either way) and do horrendous things to them for not being fat.

    Add to that, that they ARE SELFISH people who can’t seem to think beyond themselves and their needs.

  • LeaveMeBe

    You’re right! Who would’ve though thtat the key to mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law bonding was abusing the grandchildren? I think you’ve hit on something here!

  • JohnQknowitall

    Jesus Christ… to have to live with this… but then the grandmother’s participation… Christ all mighty…

  • sherrdbw

    I think that the stepmonster and grandmonster probably got off on the power they had over this little girl. I have no doubt that watching the child literally run herself to death gave them a big thrill. Put their sorry asses in prison forever along with all of the other child abusers/killers that the DD has written about.

  • The goonies-esque grandmother and skanky looking stepwhore look like they may be occupying a spot in the low end of the IQ scale. But nevertheless, deserve every shiv and shank that jail can procure, twisting and ripping through their worthless elephant hides.

  • msfantastic

    As deplorable as this piece of shit is and as much as I whole heartily agree she needs to never EVER even be responsible for a fucking PLANT let alone a CHILD, I have not found one mood stabilizer or anti psychotic that is safe to take during pregnancy. I unfortunately know this from experience being mildly bi-polar and having to go off meds while I was pregnant. I think she should be punished the same way that poor girl was punished. Stupid waste of humanity. 🙁

  •  I doubt her taking meds for bipolar would have made things any different. I come from a family that has bipolar running strong in it. My grandmother has never sought treatment for it and my mom did not get help for it until long after us kids were grown and out of the house. Despite the mental illness, they never hurt any child, much less killed them.

  • sherrdbw

    Yeah, there’s not a lot of meds that are absolutely safe for a pregnant woman to take. The last time that I was pregnant I became very depressed and the Dr. put me on a popular anti-depressant that is now the basis for many lawsuits for causing birth defects. I agree that the bi-polar issue probably doesn’t have anything to do with how she treated the child. It was just a fact that I read in the news. That child killing bitch and the even more disgusting sorry excuse for a grandmother just need to be put away forever. 

  • That’s what I was thinking. I have a few bipolar friends and they are all sickened by this story. If she were schizophrenic, MAYBE there would be link. For example, maybe she would have a belief that the girl was possessed by a demon and running would exorcise the demon. But delusions and child abuse are generally not the way bipolar disorder rolls. And that wouldn’t excuse the grandmother’s role in this situation, either.

  •  Is the father a soldier…it said he was overseas when this happened.  Sometimes soldiers don’t  know what to do with their kids when they deploy, so they stay with the idiot they are with, but to many times have I read a “stepmother” killed their child.  I have a special brick for the stepmothers face

  • aka Mr.Darcy, MrDarcy

    I hope they ripped out her uterus after delivery, that fucking piece of shit twat.

  • aka Mr.Darcy, MrDarcy

    Definitely my favorite idea for punishment!

  • The Daily Mail just printed a fairly in-depth article about this case:

  • sherrdbw

    I think he is a contractor.

  • so… the father fights for custody and also works overseas. he is awarded custody and then the girl dies. that’s great. mom couldn’t afford an attorney.

    justice. served. * total sarcasm

    poor mom

  • Gina Marie

    The grandmother looks evil… good crazy sick ppl who need to run there old ass so they cnt run no more… baby girl…..

  • Davemthree22

    I know this site doesn’t really concentrate on the eventual outcomes of the cases posted, but in case anyone is interested: