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Donations sought to give Alexa Linboom headstone

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Alexa Linboom, 5, died in Jan. 2012 after her father and a woman allegedly forced the little girl to drink more than 2 liters of grape soda and water. Alexa Linboom, 5, died in Jan. 2012 after her father and a woman allegedly forced the little girl to drink more than 2 liters of grape soda and water.

UPDATE: An account has been set up to allow those who want to donate to help buy a headstone for Alexa Linboom:

Alexa Linboom Memorial Fund

c/o Civis Bank  PO Box 550 

Rogersville. TN 37857

SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Family and friends of an East Tennessee girl who died after police say she was forced to drink grape soda are collecting donations to purchase a headstone for her.

The Kingsport Times News (http://bit.ly/1f6El1M) reports the half-sisters of 5-year-old Alexa Linboom, their mother and a former teacher are collecting contributions. The child's grave is now marked with a printed piece of paper in a plastic case.

The girl's father and stepmother, Randall and Mary Vaughn, were charged with murder, abuse and neglect in her death. Authorities say the Hawkins County couple forced her 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.

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