Couple sentenced in grape soda killing of 5-year-old

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A Tennessee couple was sentenced to 35 years in prison each following the death of the man’s 5-year-old daughter after the couple forced the girl to drink grape soda as punishment.

According to The Kingsport Times News in Kingsport, Tenn., 42-year-old Randall Lee Vaughn and 59-year-old Mary Lavonne Vaughn, of Surgoinsville, Tenn., face the possibility of life in prison without parole for the 2012 murder of 5-year old Alexa Linboom.

Randall Vaughn was the child’s father, while Mary was her stepmother.

The couple had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child neglect.

The Kingsport Times News reported that a 2012 autopsy showed the couple forced the girl to drink more than 2 liters of soda and water over a one- to two-hour span, reportedly as punishment for her drinking some of her stepmother’s grape soda after being told not to.

The massive liquid intake caused her brain to swell and herniate. The girl died in a hospital two days later.


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    • Debra B.

      Wow, that’s offensive. Is your “BET” based on reliable information or prejudice and ignorance of Christian values? Nevermind. “I’m willing to BET that” I already know the answer to my question.

  • Mark Johnson

    “I know that Alexa is in heaven with God!” We know where the other 2 are heading! It is so sad that a young sin-free life was taken from the ones that did love her! But know this: she does not have to live in a life of crime,death,hate, and hell we still do!!!!! May God Have Mercy on Us all!

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