'Half-Ton Killer' Sheds 800 Pounds After Claiming She Sat On & Killed Her Nephew (VIDEO)

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Some stories are so crazy, they're outrageously difficult to believe. Mayra Rosales used to weigh 1,200 pounds. She took up an entire king-size bed, couldn't stand because her legs wouldn't support her body weight, and was considered one of the heaviest women in the world. She became the poster girl for unhealthy lifestyles when, in 2008, she admitted to killing her 2-year-old nephew by sitting on and crushing him. Facing the death penalty in Texas, her trial was a circus, with media filming every minute of it -- from men cutting a hole in Mayra's house so she could be transported to court in a van to the woman facing capital punishment charges while sitting on a bed that was brought into the courtroom for her.

As it turns out, everyone was wrong about Mayra. And the 33-year-old has since turned her life around in a most inspirational way.

The thing is: Mayra wasn't guilty. She was covering for her sister, Jamie, who had been abusing her own child and is now serving 15 years for his murder. I'm having a problem rallying behind a woman who tried to hide her nephew's death, I admit. I would feel better about this story if she had turned her sister in from the beginning, but the truth is Mayra felt like she was going to die anyway -- she wanted to die -- and thought she would be doing everyone a favor by protecting her sister.

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I don't agree with her choices, but I can accept that Mayra has flaws and has since tried to learn from them and change her life. 

And you can't deny she has certainly gone the extra mile to make those changes happen. The woman who was once nicknamed the "half-ton killer" immediately began getting healthy after her name was cleared of charges. She had to drop 600 pounds before doctors would even consider her for gastric bypass surgery and did so by working with an obesity specialist and eating a strict high-protein diet. In order to reach her current weight of about 200 pounds, she also had to undergo numerous other surgeries in order to remove excess skin and tumors. 

Mayra is in the process of getting custody of Jamie's other children, who call her "mom" and who she says serve as inspiration for her to keep making healthy choices. She made a mistake covering for her sister five years ago, but has since admitted to her lie and proven she can take control of her life.

This video shows Mayra's incredible metamorphosis. Her story will also be shared in a documentary special called Half-Ton Killer: Transformed, which airs on TLC on December 4. 

Do you think Mayra is an inspirational woman or do you find it difficult to forgive her past mistakes?


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Carme... Carmen8706

I have no respect or sympathy for anyone who protects a child abuser and killer. You would think she would have been charged for lying to police, perjury, or obstructing an investigation.

the4m... the4mutts

Yup, I agree with Carmen too. I couldn't care less if that woman loses 5 million pounds. I will never feel sympathy for, or be inspired by, someone who covers for an abuser. People that cover for abusers are just as disgusting as the abuser themselves

Chrissy DiGiulio

Actually, the sisters husband (nephews father) also played a role in this and threatened to kill Mayra along with some of her family members if she did not take the blame. He had a bad reputation and was known for being violent in the past. That is why they took down the walls and removed her to safe location because of his threats. The sister is the one in this that all of the blame should be placed on. Not only did she kill her own child but she also stood by and let her sister be forced to take the blame. She went as far as to hide in Mexico while her sister fought for her life and freedom! And the fact that Mayra was facing the death penalty and yet her sister only received 15 years!! wow

Lea Norton

It's entirely too easy to say you could not forgive her for covering for her sister under duress. However, how often do politicians, law enforcement officials, and clergy turn in THEIR own family members in such circumstances? How many of us just plain common folk wouldn't hesitate to send a loved one to prison no matter what they had done? Think hard before condemning Mayra and never assume that you would not have done the same in her place. While I like to THINK I would have done the right thing and turned my sister in - unless I am faced with that decision I will never know what my choice would really be.

Rebekah Sarah Karkos

I'm with Chrissy. Having been in the position of having to keep silent about known abuse for fear of him doing worse is a powerful way to keep someone silent. Yes, her nephew was already (sadly) gone, but other family members weren't. And since he was KNOWN to be violent, she had reason to fear (as I did.) But HE should go down too as he knew about the truth. And WHY did the sister only get 15 years and yet Mayra faced the death penalty?? I don't get it.

Nikki Bell

Actually i seen this on TLC I think. She did NOT kill her nephew. even on accident.She was covering up for her brother inlaw or something who she lived with and threatened her. There is nothing to forgive her for. She was really protecting herself.

the4m... the4mutts

If she had reported them, they would have been arrested. Nothing for her to be afraid of then. She covered for them, and took the blame. When she gave her statement, she could have come out with the truth right then and there.

I HAVE been in a situation of having to tell on a family member for something they were doing wrong. Twice. One situation I was honestly afraid for myself. But I was more afraid of what would happen if I didnt tell.

She could have reported them long before the child was dead, or immediately after, or any time before the whole circus got started.

nonmember avatar phoenix

Her sister claimed to be extremely sorry, blamed her abusive husband, and swore that she would do good by her two surviving children. Mayra was depressed and wanted to die anyway- pretty easy to follow the logic of a depressed mind there. She CHOSE to reveal the truth after finding out that her sister was abusing the surviving children.

She tried to do her best in a really horrible situation, and has been raked through the press for it. I wish her the best.

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