Parents kill their 5-year-old daughter by forcing her to drink large amount of grape soda (video)By Mason White 4:08 PM December 16, 2014
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing their young daughter by forcing her to drink a large amount of grape soda, prosecutors in Tennessee said.
Now, the couple of Surgoinsville, was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison at the Hawkins County Criminal Court.
42-year-old Randall Lee Vaughn and 59-year-old Mary Lavonne Vaughn, faced life in prison without parole for the murder of 5-year-old Alexa Linboom.
They were given a reduced sentenced as part of a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors.
The parents received 20 years in prison for second-degree murder and another 15 years for aggravated child neglect for a total of 35 years.
According to an autopsy report, the parents forced Linboom to drink about 2.4 liters of soda and water over a period of one to two hours.
Linboom was punished after she drank some grape soda belonging to Mary Lavonne Vaughn without permission. The intake of fluids caused massive brain swelling and herniation.
The couple did not seek medical attention for Linboom. After several hours, she fell into a paralyzed state and unconsciousness.