Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Crime & Courts

Parents on trial for son’s dehydration death, punishment for bedwetting

See also

Back in August, 2011, Dallas Police arrested the parents of a 10-year-old boy, Johnathan James, who died on July 25, 2011. The child’s dad, Michael Ray James, and his stepmother, Tina Marie Alberson, were both charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

More Photos

After performing an autopsy on young Johnathan James, a Dallas medical examiner ruled the cause of death to be dehydration according to CBS News.

Today, the boy’s stepmother, Tina Maria Alberson took the stand in a Dallas courtroom.

The horrific story of ignorance, negligence and abuse goes that the child basically died of thirst after his father and stepmother refused him lifesaving water for 5 days as punishment for wetting his bed.

Additionally, the parents made him stand on an X drawn on the kitchen floor while the hot Texas summer sun beat down on him through a window.

There was no air conditioning in the family home. The temperature where Jonathan was forced to stand was 100 degrees.

Jonathan had a twin brother, Joseph, who wanted to help but couldn't out of fear of receiving the same treatment from those same two parents.

Joseph told police that on the day his brother died, he had peanut butter stuck in his throat - with nothing with which to wash it down.

Emergency room officials testified that Jonathan died a grueling death. He went into cardiac arrest, suffered “multiple organs failure, blood poisoning and muscle breakdown as a result of being deprived of water.”

Doctors said that not a single drop of urine could be found in Jonathan's bladder, which went to show the measure of the child’s severe dehydration.

Former Dallas Police Deputy Chief Craig Miller, who supervised the investigation, said:

“This was an intentional act of torture of a child by the people who he trusts and confides in the most, his parents.” ~ The Daily Mail

Defense rested late this afternoon once the stepmother’s testimony ended. Closing arguments in the case against Alberson are scheduled for Friday morning.

If found guilty, stepmom Tina Marie Alberson could be sentenced to life behind bars.

Johnathan James’ father, Michael Ray James, goes to trial next month on the same felony charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.

Also see:

Connect with Rich Webster on Facebook and Twitter.

To receive e-mail alerts to Richard's Domestic Crimes articles, Subscribe Here to Get Instant Updates.

E-mail alerts are free, private and secure, and you won't get any ink on your fingers.

Comments

Advertisement