Agency cancels mistakenly scheduled hearing in grape soda child killing
ROGERSVILLE, TN -The Tennessee Department of Correction has canceled a hearing that had been mistakenly scheduled to determine whether to shorten the sentence of a woman convicted of killing her stepdaughter by forcing her to drink grape soda.
Department spokeswoman Neysa Taylor said 58-year-old Mary Vaughn was mistakenly certified for a hearing on June 15. Vaughn was sentenced six months ago to 15 years for aggravated child abuse and 20 years for second-degree murder.
It was not immediately clear when a new hearing would be scheduled.
Prosecutors said Vaughn and her husband forced 5-year-old Alexa Linboom to drink grape soda as punishment, killing her in January 2012. Vaughn's husband was also sentenced to 35 years.