This story brings tears to my eyes as I type…
Meet Jonathan James, 10, of Texas.
This handsome cutie is the son of, Michael Ray James, 43, of Red Bird, Texas.
Michael Ray’s girlfriend and co-conspirator is Tina Alberson, 44, of Red Bird, Texas.
Back on July 20th, this portly duo initiated a punishment so severe, it left Jonathan deceased.
On July 19th, Jonathan wet his bed. The deed wasn’t realized until July 20th.
As a punishment, Jonathan was forced to stand on an X, drawn on the kitchen floor, while sun beat down on him through a window in 100 degree heat, with no air conditioning in the room.
On the fifth day, with food but no water, Jonathan died.
Jonathan’s twin brother, Joseph, said that on the day his brother died, Jonathan had peanut butter stuck in his throat.
But he said Alberson and James wouldn’t give Jonathan any water to wash it down.
Joseph said he wanted to help his dying brother, but he was afraid that he, too, would get in trouble and face similar punishment.
In an interview shortly after the arrests, Jonathan’s grandmother Sue Shotwell said Jonathan had called her in late June 2011, just a month before the incident, and said he was afraid to live with his father and stepmother for a month long court-ordered custody visit.
Jonathan “called me and said, ‘Can I come to your house instead? I know I’m going to be in trouble while I’m there because I always am,’” said Jonathan’s grandmother Sue Shotwell of Duncanville. “That’s the first time we ever heard that from him.”
(yet she didn’t move one-fifth of an inch)
DallasNews.com is reporting the trial as it happens:
Tina Marie Alberson, 44, is on trial (today) accused of a first-degree felony charge of injury to a child. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.
The victim’s father Michael Ray James,43, goes on trial next month on the same charge.
An emergency room doctor testified that the boy went into cardiac arrest, had multiple organs failure, blood poisoning and muscle breakdown as a result of being deprived of water.
Doctors tried desperately to resuscitate him for about two hours, but were unable to save him.
‘He was dead when he arrived. We were able to get his heart restarted, but even in the time period that we were able to get his heart restarted it would have been considered a comatose state.
If this story doesn’t make you shed a tear, you have to have a heart of stone…
Jonathan didn’t deserve to die like he did…
I know many children who wet the bed…None die because of it…
Rest In Paradise Jonathan…
May your killers Rot In Piss…
And may God have mercy on Joseph’s soul…
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