Stepmom found guilty in boy's dehydration death

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by MARCUS MOORE

WFAA

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

DALLAS, Texas -- The stepmother of a 10-year-old boy who died of dehydration in Dallas was found guilty of knowingly causing injury to a child and may face up to life in prison.

During the trial, Tina Alberson admitted to denying Jonathan James water as a form of punishment. The stepmother told authorities she did not believe the punishment would lead to his death.

James was 10 when he died from dehydration after a weekend of punishment in 2011.

Prosecutors say she deprived James of water for a deadly length of time and that she knew her actions would cause him harm. On day three of the trial Friday, prosecutors urged jurors not to see Alberson as the victim. 

"She was responsible for making sure he had water ... and she denied it," argued prosecutor Carmen White. 

Meanwhile, Alberson's defense team argued that she would not have knowingly harmed her stepson, adding that no one knew James was sick until it was too late. 

"There was no indication that he was suffering, not until right at the last minute," said defense attorney Bill Fay. 

He told jurors not to let their emotions cloud their judgment.


 

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