Alabama Granny Found Guilty of Running Girl to Death Dies in Prison

Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50
Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50

The Alabama woman serving life without parole for the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday, according to authorities.

Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50, was convicted of capital murder last March in the death of her granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, in 2012. Garrard allegedly forced Savannah to run for several hours as punishment for lying about eating candy bars.

The 9-year-old collapsed and died several days later in a Birmingham hospital.

Garrard maintained she exercised along with the girl outside of the family’s home in northeastern Alabama. “If she was running, I was running,” Garrard said in court.

She was convicted last March after jurors sided with prosecutors who said Savannah’s final hours were torture.

Garrard died Friday evening at a Montgomery hospital, five days after she collapsed in prison, the Associated Press reported. The cause of death has not been confirmed.

SOURCE: Mary Bowerman