Friday, August 26, 2011

Dad, step arrested in dehydration death of 10-year-old son (Dallas, Texas)

Dad MICHAEL RAY JAMES thought it was okay to deny a child water for five days in 100 degree heat? For ANY reason? Is he custodial? Sounds like he must be, unless he had extended summer visitation. What happened to this child's mother?


Parents Held in Son’s Deprivation Death
Posted by Chace Murphy News Friday, August 26th, 2011

DALLAS (AP) _ Dallas police say the father and stepmother 10-year-old who died last month were arrested after it was discovered the boy was denied water for five days as punishment.

Police had initially thought the death of Johnathan James on July 25 could have been heat-related, but the Dallas County medical examiner has ruled that he died of dehydration.

Michael Ray James and Tina Alberson remained in Dallas County jail Thursday after being arrested and charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. Bond for each was $250,000. The jail website did not list attorneys.

Temperatures in Dallas hit 100 degrees or more every day but one last month. Police had said the home didn’t have central air conditioning and two window units and fans weren’t keeping the house cool.