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Parents kill their young daughter by forcing her to drink grape soda

By Mason White 6:12 AM February 10, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A young girl is dead after her parents forced her to drink soda, a court in Tennessee has heard.

Now, the couple of Surgoinsville, face the death penalty after they were charged with murder in the first degree.

Randall Lee Vaughn, 41, and his wife, Mary Lavonne Vaughn, 58, were arrested by Hawkins County police officers, and were also charged with two counts of aggravated child neglect and one count of aggravated child abuse.

Police said that they forced 5-year-old Alexa Linboom to drink grape soda and water in a span of one to two hours as a punishment.

After the incident, Linboom fell unconscious.

She suffered severe brain damage. Linboom died a few days later.

Linboom died of fluid intoxication, as mass consumption of liquid caused her brain to swell.