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5-year-old girl forced to drink 2 liters of soda dies, couple charged

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Feb 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-07 17:27:30-05

TENNESSEE — A Tennessee father and stepmother have reportedly been charged with murder after police say a 5-year-old girl died after being forced to drink two liters of grape soda and water as a sort of disciplinary action.

WGN reports that Randall and Mary Vaughn are scheduled to appear in court Friday, and WGN reports the couple forced the girl to drink the fluids in less than two hours as punishment after the child took a sip of her stepmother’s beverage.

Alexa Linboom, 5, reportedly died in January 2012 and the charges come after a lengthy investigation. Doctors said massive amount of fluids caused her brain to swell and rupture.

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