It's one of those sad stories that you'd prefer not to dwell much on. Some Bama kid....nine years old....takes a candy bar from Grandma, without asking.
The kid is caught on this stolen candy bar. Grandma wants her to run up and down the yard as punishment. The step-mom (pregnant and later after the arrest delivers her kid) comes into the picture....and this up and down the road routine turns into three hours. The kid gets dehydrated, and eventually dies from exhaustion. Cops say that she had a bladder issue....and that the chocolate bar probably was a pretty bad thing for a person like her to eat.....and could have contributed to the issue.
Cops come out today....admit the husband of this step-mom....told them a couple of years ago that the wife was bi-polar. Cops have arrested both the Grandmother and step-mom.
There's not alot you can say here. Most kids probably would have run around the yard and eventually just started to jog, and maybe reach a point where they were walking. This kid apparently never went into the normal behavior mode. The kid might have had some behavior episode, or been a candidate herself for being bi-polar.....you just don't know.
The bad thing here is that the county prosecutor will bring serious charges. Most juries in the state of Bama will take this serious, and I suspect that one of the two women are going to do twenty-plus years.
Some bi-polar folks can put together a lifestyle and avoid alcohol and drugs.....and never hurt or harm anyone. It's a small group though....the rest? They aren't to be trusted....under any circumstances. They'd kill your kids, your dog, or your neighbor....just because they felt that way.