DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas woman was sentenced Tuesday to 85 years in prison in the dehydration death of her 10-year-old stepson whom she denied of water for days during record-high temperatures.
Tina Marie Alberson, 44, was convicted Friday of injury to a child, a second-degree felony, in the July 2011 death of Jonathan James.
Alberson, who had faced up to life in prison because of a previous felony conviction, did not appear to react when her sentenced was read.
The boy’s maternal grandmother, Sue Shotwell, made a statement in court after the sentence was handed down.
“We trusted you with our baby,” she said.
She said she’s forgiven Alberson but many members of the family, including the mother of the child, have not. She said they remember Jonathan as an active little boy who wanted to wake up before dawn so he could ride his bike.
Police had thought Jonathan’s death was heat-related until the medical examiner’s report indicated otherwise.