Stepmom of girl who died gave birth on arrest day

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - An Alabama woman whose 9-year-old stepdaughter died after authorities say she was forced to run for three hours as punishment for eating a candy bar gave birth on the same day she was arrested and charged with murder.

Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp says Jessica Mae Hardin is under guard at a hospital after giving birth Wednesday.

Hardin and her mother-in-law Joyce Hardin Garrard were charged with murder in the death of Savannah Hardin. Harp says his office is interviewing witnesses and may upgrade the charges to capital murder, which carries a possible death sentence.

Harp says Savannah Hardin had a bladder condition and was not supposed to have the caffeine in chocolate. He says there is no evidence the condition contributed to her death.

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