Tennessee couple sentenced in 5-year-old’s grape soda death

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TENNESSEE — A man and a woman were sentenced to 35 years in prison Monday after a 5-year-old girl was forced to drink large amounts of grape soda and water and died, according to The Tennessean.  

The girl’s father, 41-year-old Randall Lee Vaughn, and stepmother, 58-year-old Mary Lavonne Vaughn, were sentenced Monday.

In Jan 2012, officials say the Vaughns forced Alexa Linboom to chug 2.5 liters of grape soda and water over a one to two-hour period after she had a couple of drinks from her stepmother’s grape soda.

Linboom became unresponsive and was taken to the hospital.  She was later declared brain-dead and removed from life support.

The couple pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child neglect after a two-year investigation determined Alexa died from fluid intoxication.

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  • chris

    35 years? you can get that for drunk driving! america needs to start having public exicutions to remind these sick monsters what they will have to face. maybe that will deter some of the sickness in the world