The stepmother and grandmother of a nine-year-old Alabama girl charged with her murder, after allegedly making her run for hours as punishment.

FOX News Radio's Lisa Lacerra has details:

Witnesses telling Sheriffs Deputies nine-year-old Savannah Hardin was told to run and not allowed to stop for three hours on Friday, February 17th as punishment for lying.

The girl's 27-year-old stepmother called police telling them Savannah was having a seizure. The little girl died Monday at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin and 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard were charged with murder once the girl's death was ruled a homicide by a state pathologist.

They're being held on a half-million dollars bond each. Authorities are still trying to determine if the girl was forced to run by physical coercion or verbal commands only.

Lisa Lacerra, FOX News Radio

Editor's Note: Jessica Mae Hardin is under guard at the hospital after giving birth Wednesday, according to Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp.

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