Dallas woman guilty in stepson's dehydration death
BY AP Wire Service
Saturday, January 19, 2013
1/19/13 at 5:57 AM
DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas woman was convicted Friday in the dehydration death of her 10-year-old stepson who was denied water for days during record-high temperatures in North Texas.
Jurors deliberated more than two hours before finding Tina Marie Alberson, 44, guilty of second-degree felony injury to a child in the July 2011 death of Jonathan James. Alberson faces up to life in prison because of a previous felony conviction.
Alberson had testified in her own defense, telling jurors she limited Jonathan's water intake only a few times as punishment for misbehaving.
The boy's twin brother, now 12, testified that Jonathan repeatedly asked for water and even pretended to use the bathroom in order to sneak a drink.
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