When Savannah Hardin lied about eating a chocolate bar, she had now idea the punishment would cost her life. After being forced to run for three hours, the severely dehydrated 9-year-old from Etowah County, Atlanta collapsed, had a seizure and died days later.
The girl's grandmother and stepmother, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, now face murder charges and are each currently held on a $500,000 cash bond.
Neighbours apparently saw Savannah running, but failed to see anybody "chasing or coercing her" to do so and therefore didn't intervene. They failed to realize what they were witnessing was a murder in progress.
The grandmother, 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard, ordered Savannah to run for lying about having eaten a candy bar, which was forbidden due to an apparent bladder condition—a condition undetected by the autopsy.
Savannah's father, Robert Hardin, came home from a U.S. government contracting job in Pakistan to find his daughter coming off a ventilator, while his ex-wife, Savannah's mother Heather, lives in Florida.
Neighbours described the area surrounding the Hardins' trailer home as "a very happy extended family around here” and claimed the punishment simply " got out of hand.”
Were the neighbours right to mind their own Ps and Qs or should they have spoken up? Have you ever intervened when a child was being unfairly punished or abused in public?
Health Canada has recalled the following kits containing two red "splat" balls (sticky liquid-filled rubber balls) as well as those sold individually as Splat Balls and Splat Discs with the following UPC:
Test results showed that the balls contain the toxic substance, bronopol, which could cause irritation and inflammation to the skin and eyes should the balls burst.
Health Canada and Tech4Kids Inc. reported total of three incidents, one of which resulted in a child suffering from irritation and inflammation to the face and eyes.
Customers are advised to return it to the retailer where it was purchased for a refund. If you believe that your child may have been exposed to bronopol,contact your family physician.
For further information, customers may contact Tech4Kids Inc. at 1-800-359-6088 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (except holidays), visit their website or email Tech4Kids Inc..
Between November 2010 to January 2012, approximately 41,000 of the balls were sold in Canada.
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If there's one outfit that never goes out of fashion, it's the birthday suit. Just ask former Miss Wales, model Sophia Cahill, who along with three others paraded down the runway wearing nothing more than a hat and a smile during London Fashion Week. Oh, and she did so while eight months pregnant...
“[Cahill] was one person I knew who’d be more than happy to get her kit off. I thought it would be nice she would pregnant for the show. You never see that kind of stuff in fashion,” said designer, 31-year-old Robyn Coles.
A refreshing change for an industry where women do all in their power to shrug off their pregnant form. Talk about drawing attention to your product. But was anyone actually checking out the hats?
“As an unknown designer you have to find ways of getting people to your show,” Coles told The Press Association. “I wanted to use different models and different sizes. I’m a big believer in that. With accessories like hats it doesn’t mater what size or shape you are.”
Apparently pregnant models are all the rage on the runways right now. Just last month, Alessandra Ambrosio also strolled down the catwalk for Colcci. But she only had the tiniest of bumps, and she was fully clothed.
Shameless publicity stunt or proud advertisement of the pregnant form? Now, if designers would just feature other shapely (non-pregnant) women, we'd be onto something...