Dallas Police: Boy, 10, died after parents didn't give him water for five days
Dallas Police have arrested the father and stepmother of a 10-year-old boy who died of dehydration last month.
Johnathan James died July 25 after he was found unresponsive in his home.
Police say that the boy's father and stepmother, Michael James and Tina Alberson, punished the 10-year-old by not allowing him to drink anything.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner determined that Johnathan was deprived of water for a period of five days before he collapsed and died.
"He got to the point where couldn't function," Deputy Chief Craig Miller said. "He couldn't get up off the ground."
Police said James and Alberson forced the 10-year-old to stand in one place for long periods of time without water in what investigators termed an "excessive form of time-out."
Investigators would not say what behavior the boy was being punished for.
Johnathan's death was originally classified as an unexplained death until the medical examiner ruled it a homicide. Police said at the time of Johnathan's death, that his home had no central air-conditioning and was cooled by window units and fans.
Child Protective Services placed two other children in the home with relatives after Johnathan's death.
James and Alberson have been charged with injury to a child, a first-degree felony.
If convicted, they would face up to 99 years in prison.
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