A couple has pled not guilty to murder and child abuse after their daughter died from over-consumption of grape soda. After their five year-old daughter stole one of her mother’s beverages, the couple became angry and decided some punishment was in order — so they forced her to chug more than two liters of water and grape soda.
After their daughter became unresponsive, the couple drove the child to the emergency room but she died two days later of “acute fluid/water intoxication,” which caused her sodium level to drop and her brain to swell. The Vaughns disciplined Alexa by forcing her to drink about 2.4 liters of fluid, including several 12-ounce cans of grape soda, in a span of one to two hours, according to an autopsy report. She was bruised throughout her body and had cuts on her face, the report states.
The Vaughns had moved to Tennessee three months prior to the child’s death because of allegations of neglect at a previous home. They are being held on %500,000 bail and are due back in court in April.