DALLAS, TX – There’s something wrong in the world, when a child dies from dehydration. Besides, Jonathan James was not lost out in a desert; he was being “punished.”
Now James’ 44-year-old step mother could spend the rest of her life in prison. Tina Alberson was convicted of reckless injury to a child last week in Dallas. The boy’s dad, Michael Ray James, will go on trial next.
Alberson apparently admitted she would occasionally withheld water from the boy as a form of punishment, but said she never thought he would die.
The boy leaves behind a twin brother who had to watch a lot of the abuse.
“I couldn’t do anything about it, because if I said anything, I would get in trouble too,” said Joseph James.
Joseph also recalled a time that his brother finished a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and the peanut butter got stuck in his dry throat. Still, Joseph says, his father and step mother would not allow Jonathan to drink water.
Alberson will be sentenced this week.