10-year-old boy dies after disgusting parents deny him water for DAYS as punishment
Wetting the bed is a common occurrence in kids, but as most parents know, these accidents hardly deserve harsh punishment. This sadly wasn't the case for 10-year-old Jonathan James who was dehydrated to death by his parents after he wet the bed in their Duncanville, Texas home. The method of punishment was so cruel that doctors said the boy died of thirst after his stepmother forced him to stand in front of the sun in their non-air conditioned home during 100-degree weather.
Can you believe this awful punishment?!
Police charged 44-year-old Tina Marie Albertson and 43-year-old Michael Ray James of first-degree felony of injury to a child. What's even more shocking is the fact that during the 5 days of torture, the boy suffered some of the worst health deterioration I've ever read about...
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What normal parent thinks that it's right to punish their child in this way for committing a mistake that kids their age are known to make? It's really infuriating that these people thought this was the proper punishment to give their son and it makes me question what other terrible stuff they've gotten away with.
According to the boy's grandmother, warning signs were everywhere signaling that his parents were unfit. They boy had even told his abuela at one point in 2011 that he was afraid to live with his dad and stepmom.
Doctors attempted to save Jonathan when he was rushed to the hospital and tried resuscitating him for 2 hours even though he was dead on arrival. They determined that Jonathan had died of multiple organ failure, blood poisoning, and muscle breakdown--all because of dehydration. His condition was so bad that doctors said that there was even no urine in the boy's bladder.
Not surprisingly, his twin brother, Joseph witnessed the ordeal and also feared their parents. He told police that the day Jonathan died he had peanut butter stuck down his throat, but his parents refused to give him water to wash it down. Although Joseph wanted to help his brother he was afraid that he would suffer the same fate if he disobeyed.
If convicted, the couple faces life in sentence for their horrific act.
Stories as sad as this one makes me wish the government did more to protect children from awful parents like these. If the government took these cases a lot more seriously, they'd probably avoid many unnecessary deaths. I hope little Jonathan gets justice, because no child should be killed over a dumb and common mistake like wetting their bed.
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