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August 30th, 2011
06:11 PM ET

Parents charged in 10-year-old boy's dehydration death

A Dallas couple has been arrested and charged following the dehydration death of a 10-year-old boy.  Johnathan James was allegedly denied drinking water for five days as punishment for misbehaving.  After Johnathan collapsed, the couple called the fire department for help, but it was already too late.

On Thursday, Dallas police arrested Johnathan's father, Michael James, and his step-mother, Tina Alberson, and charged the pair with injury to a child.  Johnathan's twin brother, who witnessed the entire ordeal but didn't speak out for fear of also being punished, is providing valuable information in the case.

Brooke is joined by Dallas Deputy Chief Craig Miller, who is investigating the case and provides the heart-breaking details that police have uncovered so far in Johnathan's case.

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  1. Llijybean

    I am a single Mother of 7 beautiful children. Among them are two beautiful twin 11 yr old boys. Also, I adopted my two youngest from Africa and the Ukraine. My youngest 8 yr old adopted from the Ukraine wets the bed. He feels aweful about it. He has to wear pull ups still, it is not to his shame and no one else knows. This is hard enough on him even though it is with love. I could not even begin to imagine punishing him for something he can not yet control. Even if those parents were ignorant about bed wetting, depriving any child from the vital nutrients of water during even one full day is plain abuse. Yet five days?? That alone is a death sentence for the most inhumane of criminals. Yes it is nhard to raise children but it is to our glory and they deserve to be loved, no matter what their small faults are, they are still so small. They so deserve to be loved. I will not tolerate the horrible torture this sweet twin boy endured by the hands of the so called adults that were supposed to protect and love him. Please To whatever agency is overlooking His case, he deserved so much more, he deserved a chance in life, it was stolen from him in the most inhumane manner. Do not let the people who delivered his death to him go free! From a Mommy who lets water flow freely to her children. xoxo

    August 31, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  2. AnneMarie Ansel

    I don't agree with the charges against these parents. Although Deputy Cheif Craig Miller explains that they don't want to risk losing the case by charging them with murder because they may not be able to prove 'Intent to Murder'. Well, what about negligent homicide? Surely they would be guilty of this charge. I just can't accept them getting away with murder in any degree!

    September 1, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  3. Evie Glodic

    I was horrified when a read that parents deprived their child water because he wet the bed. I believe that they should be sentenced to the worst punishment that is allowed by law in the state they live in. I honestly believe that they murdered their son & what ever the punishment for murder is they should receive it. There's an old adage "what's good for the goose is good for the gander" – in this case the parents are the "gander" & I hope they receive the maximun punishment.
    Evie Glodic
    Mother of 2 & Grandmother of 4

    September 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm |

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