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Trial begins for woman accused in boy's dehydration death

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A woman is on trial in Dallas for a child's dehydration death. Investigators said he wasn't given anything to drink for five days.

Tina Alberson is accused of serious bodily injury to a child following 10-year-old Jonathan James' death in July 2011.

Prosecutors said she and Michael James, the boy's father, deprived him of water for five days as punishment for wetting his bed.

Jonathan was forced to stand on an X drawn on the kitchen floor while the Texas sun beat down on him through a window. All the while there was no air conditioning in their Duncanville house, prosecutors said.

An emergency room doctor testified that the boy went into cardiac arrest, had multiple organs fail, blood poisoning and muscle breakdown. Doctors tried desperately to resuscitate him for about two hours, but in the end they simply had to let him go.

"He was dead when he arrived. We were able to get his heart restarted, but even in the time period that we were able to get his heart restarted it would have been considered a comatose state. He was completely unresponsive and unable to communicate with us," said Dr. David Bryce from Charlton Methodist Hospital.

Not a drop of urine was found in the Jonathan's bladder, which doctors said was significant because it meant he was markedly dehydrated.

Family members are expected to take the stand on Wednesday. Prosecutors also hope to show a video statement from the defendant.


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