Woman kills her child by denying him water (video)

Tina Alberson 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged after her son died of dehydration, according to court proceedings in Dallas, Texas.

The Dallas woman was found guilty Friday, of killing her 10-year-old son by denying him water for several days, as a punishment.

Tina Alberson, 44, was found guilty of reckless injury to a child.

It is a lesser charge than prosecutors wanted, but she still faces a possible life sentence for the second-degree felony.

Prosecutors hoped that she will be found guilty of knowingly injuring a child.

A medical examiner concluded that there was not a drop of urine in the bladder of Jonathan James when he died.

Alberson testified that she sometimes held back water from James, but only rarely. She said that she never thought he would die. She added that no one noticed that he was sick until the boy collapsed.

The child’s twin, Joseph James, who also visited Alberson and his father, testified about seeing his brother in prolonged punishment. James said he pretended to have to use the bathroom so he could drink the tap water in the bathroom.

The father of James, Michael Ray James, said he blames his wife for killing his son. He faces the same charges as Alberson in an upcoming trial, but said that because he is legally blind he did not understand the magnitude of the suffering of his son.