Parents Allegedly Murder Girl, 5, By Forcing Her To Drink 70 Oz Of Soda

Fri, February 7, 2014 6:17pm EST by 14 Comments
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Two Tennessee parents have been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated child neglect, and aggravated child abuse, after they allegedly forced their 5-year-old daughter to drink more than 70 ounces of soda and water, which ultimately led to her death.

Alexa Linboom, 5, was forced to drink 70 ounces of grape soda and water in under two hours on Jan. 1 as punishment for taking one of her stepmother’s beverages. Alexa’s father, Randall Vaughn, 41, and his wife, Mary Vaughn, 58, ignored signs that the little girl was suffering until she became unconscious several hours later. By the time Alexa arrived to the hospital, she had already suffered extreme brain damage, and it was only a matter of time before she died.

Girl Killed With Soda: 5-Year-Old Dies After Parents Force Her To Drink 70 Oz

Randall and Mary Vaughn used “alternative forms of punishment” when it came to 5-year-old Alexa, according to Attorney General Berkeley Bell.

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When the couple caught little Alexa taking one of her stepmom’s drinks, they punished her by forcing her to drink an excessive 70 ounces of fluids in less than two hours, the UK’s Daily Mail reports. Alexa consumed at least 4.5 12-ounce bottles of grape soda, along with an unknown amount of water. After the punishment was administered, Randall and Mary ignored Alexa when she cried out in pain and even became paralyzed.

It wasn’t until the little girl was completely unconscious that they became concerned and brought her to the emergency room at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital. Alexa was then airlifted to Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., where she passed away on Jan. 3.

Death By Fluid Intoxication

Alexa’s autopsy revealed that she died from acute fluid intoxication, which caused hyponatremic encephalopathy — the swelling of brain cells caused by low levels of sodium in the bloodstream.

Attorney General Berkley Bell explained that the case falls under Tennessee’s “Scotty Trexler Law,” which allows parents to be charged with murder if a child’s death is caused by abuse.

Randall and Mary are currently in custody at the Hawkins County Jail on $500,000 bail until their next court appearance.

– Lauren Cox

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Posted at 5:23 PM on April 20, 2014  

Wow! What a way to punish your child. I guess this is what happens when parents take it too far, and it ends with someone getting killed. Although I’m sure they didn’t mean to kill her, she probably escaped what would’ve been a life filled with unneeded abuse and neglect. Still, a very sad story. It’s hard to even comprehend how some people can be so cruel, especially to their own children.

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Posted at 9:24 PM on February 11, 2014  

I really think if there is death penalty in this state they live in they should be put to death, or possibly make them chugged down what they did to her, but no one will do that. I think this is very wrong. Please, make them pay they don’t deserve to breathe.

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Posted at 11:36 AM on February 9, 2014  

Wow. The awful things that parents do to their children. Poor, poor Alexa. They did not deserve her one bit. I hope they realize how awful they are and how they could’ve been, yet they rejected the good part of being parents and focused on the bad. That girl should have been alive right now, living a happy life. She should have had better parents than she did.

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Posted at 12:29 PM on February 8, 2014  

Poor little Alexa the terror she must have felt dying alone and thinking she was dying all because she took 1 of that old B…h’s drinks. I wish I could wup those 2.Everyday in this world things are happening to these kids on a daily basis from horrid parent’s.I wish that kids could not be afraid to go to someone and tell them that these kind of things are happening to them before something like this happens.I hope this story scares the crap out of abusers so they know what is going to happen to them if they don’t stop hurting,molesting their children.

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This is horrible. To believe it actually happened in real life is horrific considering the cause is not only abuse but also pure ignorance.

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Posted at 7:47 PM on February 7, 2014  

why did God give this litle girl to those crazy old people somebody please explain it to me

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