Agency cancels mistakenly scheduled hearing in soda death

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Posted: Jun 02, 2015 4:04 PM

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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.