Grandma charged in girl’s death makes court appearance

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GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — A woman accused in the death of her granddaughter made a court appearance Tuesday morning.

Joyce Garrard faces capital murder charges in the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin.

Prosecutors say Garrard made Savannah pick up debris in the front yard for about three hours as punishment for a lie she told earlier in the day about eating candy.

Later, Hardin collapsed.

She died at a hospital three days later.

A judge has set a trial date for June of 2014, but Garrard must appear before the court again on October 18, 2013, for a status hearing.

She was denied bond in May.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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