Dallas police say boy dies after water denied

Dallas police say boy dies after water denied
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 6:44pm

DALLAS — 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.

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