Twin Boy Dies After Parents Deny Him Water for Wetting His Bed

glass of waterIf you're having a perfectly nice post-Irene Monday afternoon, then I suggest you don't read any further. Because this disturbing story is gonna stick with you for days.

It's recently been revealed that a 10-year-old Texas boy, Jonathan James, died in July because his father and step-mother deprived him of water for five whole days in the midst of a 100+ degree heat wave.

Told you this would ruin your afternoon.


Michael Ray James and Tina Alberson dealt out this tortuous "punishment" to their son because, apparently, he had wet the bed some time in the weeks prior. In addition to this, they also forced him to stand in an un-air-conditioned room with his twin brother, Joseph -- by the window so the sun would beat down on them. According to Joseph, the day Jonathan died, he had peanut butter stuck in his throat, but their parents "still wouldn't let him have water" to wash it down. Joseph, who was extremely close with his brother, stood there and watched his twin die because he was scared the same thing would happen to him if he tried to help. He heart-breakingly said, "I wanted to do something, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t do nothing because I would get in trouble.”

When rescuers picked Jonathan up after he collapsed, Alberson told authorities that he was sick. But they knew she was lying and called investigators while they were trying to revive him. Alberson and James have since been jailed in a Dallas prison, charged with injury to a child.

Who knows what will wind up happening to the parents of poor, little Jonathan. I can only hope and pray that neither one of them sees the light of day for a long, long time -- if ever again. And although I'm glad they're both sitting in jail (hopefully, without water), I'm not so sure that's the proper place for them. Seems like they're more suited to be strapped down somewhere in a mental ward. Because only the sickest of people are capable of doing something like this.

What do you think should happen to Jonathan's parents?


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