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Two years after death, Alexa Linboom's gravestone purchased with donations

In March, Alexa's teacher and her surviving siblings started a fundraising effort to place a permanent marker on her grave.    Two years after her death, only a temporary inscription marked her final resting place at the Long Bend Baptist Church. In March, Alexa's teacher and her surviving siblings started a fundraising effort to place a permanent marker on her grave. Two years after her death, only a temporary inscription marked her final resting place at the Long Bend Baptist Church.
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HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - More than two years after a Hawkins County girl allegedly was murdered by her father and step-mother, a tombstone marks her grave for the very first time.

Alexa Linboom, 5, died in January 3, 2012 after prosecutors said she was forced to drink a lethal amount of grape soda and water as punishment for taking an adult's grape soda in her Surgoinsville, TN home.

Last February, a grand jury indicted Alexa's father Randall Vaughn and his wife Mary Vaughn on the charge of first degree murder.

The Vaughn's are set to go on trial in October.

Earlier this month, a News Channel 11 investigation revealed Alexa was twice the focus of a complaint call to the  Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.   A spokesman said, in both incidents, a case worker never actually saw the child after someone called claiming she was being abused or neglected.

In March, Alexa's teacher and her surviving siblings started a fundraising effort to place a permanent marker on her grave.    Two years after her death, only a temporary inscription marked her final resting place at the Long Bend Baptist Church.

But that's not the case any longer.

An ebony granite slab now marks Alexa's grave.   Her school picture - a reminder of her brief but joyful few months in teacher Karen Hostetter's class at Surgoinsville Elementary School.    The tombstone was purchased with donations from the public after news reports about Alexa.

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