GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say the 28-year-old woman accused of failing to intervene when her 9-year-old step-daughter was forced to run until she collapsed and died has bonded out of jail.
WBMA-TV reports Jessica Mae Hardin was released Monday after her bond was reduced late last week from $500,000 to $150,000.
Hardin is charged along with 47-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard in the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin, who was ordered to run for three hours for lying about eating a chocolate bar without permission in February of 2012.
Hardin Garrard, the girl's grandmother, is being held without bond on a capital murder charge. Authorities say Hardin Garrard became angry when Savannah ate chocolate, which she was not supposed to eat because of a medical condition.
Information from: WBMA-TV
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1/7/2013 4:31:23 PM (GMT -6:00)