Boy, 10, Died of Thirst After ‘Wetting Bed’ Punishment

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DALLAS — A woman is on trial in Dallas for a child’s dehydration death. Investigators said he wasn’t given anything to drink for five days, KDFW-TV reported.

Ten-year-old Jonathan James died in July 2011.

Prosecutors say Tina Alberson and Michael James, the boy’s father, deprived him of water for five days as a punishment for wetting his bed.

The boy was forced to stand on an “X” drawn on the kitchen floor in front of a window, where temperatures reached 100-plus degrees. There was no air conditioning in the home, prosecutors said.

An emergency room doctor testified that the boy went into cardiac arrest, had multiple organs fail, blood poisoning and muscle breakdown, the station reported.

No urine was found in Jonathan’s bladder, which doctors claim is a sign the boy was severely dehydrated.

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