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Trial set in case of girl forced to drink soda

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Mary Lavonne Vaughn and Randall Lee Vaughn have been accused of murder in the death of the man's 5-year-old daughter. (Courtesy Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Mary Lavonne Vaughn and Randall Lee Vaughn have been accused of murder in the death of the man's 5-year-old daughter. (Courtesy Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)
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    An East Tennessee couple is charged with murder in the death of the man's 5-year-old daughter after an autopsy revealed the girl died from being forced to drink nearly more than 2 liters of grape soda and water.more>>
    An East Tennessee couple is charged with murder in the death of the man's 5-year-old daughter after an autopsy revealed the girl died from being forced to drink nearly more than 2 liters of grape soda and water.more>>

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee couple accused of killing the man's 5-year-old daughter by forcing her to drink large quantities of grape soda and water will face trial in October.
    
Randall and Mary Vaughn were arraigned in Hawkins County on Friday. According to the court clerk's office, the judge ordered that Mary Vaughn be represented by a public defender. Randall Vaughn will seek a private attorney. The couple did not enter a plea.
    
According to the autopsy report, on Jan. 1, 2012, the Vaughns forced Alexa Linboom to drink about 2.4 liters of soda and water over a one-to-two hour span as a punishment. The massive liquid intake caused her brain to swell and herniate.
    
The Vaughns are charged with murder, abuse and neglect. They are jailed on $500,000 bond each.

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