10-Year-Old Boy Dies After Stepmom Deprives Him Of Water
A Texas woman may be headed for a life behind bars after she was recently convicted on felony charges in connection with the death of her stepson, who she deprived of water for 1 week as “punishment.”
via NBC News
A Dallas jury will return Tuesday to continue deliberations in the sentencing phase of the trial of Tina Marie Alberson for the dehydration death of her stepson.
Prosecutors want a sentence of life in prison, but the defense wants the jury to sentence her to five years behind bars.
The jury found Alberson guilty Friday of second-degree felony injury to a child for depriving her stepson of water for several days.
Police said Alberson and the boy’s father, Michael James, forced the 10-year-old boy, Johnathan James, to go without water for five days as a form of punishment.
The boy died July 25, 2011, after he was found unresponsive in his home in the 5500 block of Elmleaf Court. Due to the hot summer and string of 100-degree days, police said they originally thought the boy’s death was heat-related until the medical examiner ruled otherwise.
SMH. These people are monsters and this was an unthinkable thing to do. It’s good to see that some form of justice was served in honor of this young child’s life.
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