Woman sentenced to 85 years in stepson's dehydration death

Dehydration death

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Jonathan James was 10 years old when he died of dehydration in 2011. His stepmother, Tina Alberson, is on trial in connection with his death.

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by STEVE STOLER / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 11:57 AM

DALLAS - A Dallas woman found guilty of injury to a child in the death of her 10-year-old stepson was sentenced to 85 years in prison Tuesday.

During her trial, Tina Marie Alberson admitted to denying her 10-year-old stepson water and forcing him to stand in one place during timeouts as a form of punishment. After a weekend of punishment in July of 2011, Jonathan James died from dehydration.

Friday, jurors found Alberson guilty of reckless injury to a child.

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