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What are your thoughts on this?
Posted 1/17/13 , edited 1/17/13
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/17/tina-alberson-water-stepson-jonathan-james-dehydration_n_2497661.html?utm_hp_ref=crime&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing7%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk1%26pLid%3D258631

I just read this today and I can't believe what the fuck is wrong with parents these days. I believe she needs to be charged with 2nd degree murder and child abuse.
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Posted 1/17/13
Hmm Some people are just terrible. They should do to her what she did to her stepson.
Posted 1/17/13
Bitches be cray cray these days.
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I am kind of torn when it comes to one part of the story. While I agree she should definitely receive a very harsh punishment I can't help but think the father should be held responsible and be punished as well. It says he has health issues and is legally blind but I don't know. I suppose I would have to know what exactly the issues are and just how blind he is to really believe he wouldn't have been able to tell something was wrong. That is only assuming that the kid was just too scared of being punished to really be vocal enough to let people know the issue was more serious.
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Sad story - sounds like the kid became meek and subservient after being harshly punished so many times for something he had no control over (wetting the bed).

Now I'm thinking, the boy was 10 years old, and the mother didn't lock him in a room, she made him stand in the kitchen. Maybe he was too afraid to get water for himself from the kitchen sink...but hell, if my life was on the line and being forced to be thirsty for several days, I think I'd drink out of the toilet even if it meant me living.
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Posted 1/17/13
I'm sorry the child went through that. I'm sorry for his twin brother also who had to witness his brother being abused.
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Posted 1/17/13
dumb.
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Tina Alberson Admits She Withheld Water From Stepson Jonathan James, Who Died From Dehydration


Two charges, in the title alone.

1st: Felony

2nd: Misdemeanor

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Posted 1/17/13

Winterfells wrote:

Sad story - sounds like the kid became meek and subservient after being harshly punished so many times for something he had no control over (wetting the bed).

Now I'm thinking, the boy was 10 years old, and the mother didn't lock him in a room, she made him stand in the kitchen. Maybe he was too afraid to get water for himself from the kitchen sink...but hell, if my life was on the line and being forced to be thirsty for several days, I think I'd drink out of the toilet even if it meant me living.


I have to agree with you - I had to go back and read the age again, and then I was like, "10 yrs old?" Something fishy with this story.
I saw pictures of the parents. If his dad was blind, I doubt he would be able to stop the son from getting something to drink. The step-mom, maybe...but did he not use the bathroom, take a bath, shower, brush his teeth or go to bed for 5 days straight? Was he never allowed out of her sight? Did she chain him up in the kitchen or something?? There should have been plenty of opportunities for him to sneak water or drink something.
It just doesn't add up. I am not saying that you can't die of dehydration and maybe he didn't drink enough - there are plenty of stories out there of children having heart attacks or dying at school from over exertion. I just don't know about this and it is hard for me to fathom. Unless she physically restrained him, I just can't believe it.

And just to alleviate anyone saying that how would I know, this kid was abused and cowed by her, he was scared, etc.; I was physically abused as a child by my step-mother, and while she was one scary someone, self preservation usually overrides fear and at 10 years old, most children are pretty resourceful and can find a way around most punishments.
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I don't really know what to say... I can't go back in time and change what has happened. In australia, there is a lot of parenting negligence that is parents leaving their infants inside a car while they're shopping or that Facebook mum who killed her baby because the baby was distracting her from using facebook.

This is not new, it's something that happens from time to time, I'm not a parent so I'm not going to judge someone. Having kids can put a strain on your mental health... that is why I'm never having them.

A child dies of hunger every day in third world countries - this is something we can change, but we're not doing it... enough.
Posted 1/18/13
I wouldn't punish my kids. Bribe and blackmail, maybe.
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Hundreds of thousands of people die or are killed each day, so quite frankly IDGAF what people do with their children.
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people like this doesn't deserve to be called a mother ....
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Posted 6/5/13
Another case to add to the legend/history of evil stepmothers....

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I just saw the video interview & read the story.....WTF, what mother gives up on her kid living? The stepmother made him deathly ill, but it was his mother who told emergency personnel to stop trying to save his life.... His twin brother look like he didn't give a sh*t about his brother either, he's not upset at all. I don't think this kid was loved by anyone in those two households/families. Either he was a difficult kid, or the scapegoat for everyone's problems/hate, or both. Doesn't look like any of his family misses him.
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