Boy testifies about abuse by stepmother that led to twin's dehydration death
Diann Hodges

DALLAS (AP) - The 12-year-old brother of a boy who died of dehydration says he was too scared to stop his stepmother from withholding water from him in the middle of the summer.

The Dallas Morning News reports ( ) that the fraternal twin brother of Jonathan James testified Thursday at the trial of 44-year-old Tina Marie Alberson. She is charged with felony injury to a child in Jonathan's 2011 death and faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Joseph James says he tried to sneak Jonathan some water from a bathroom faucet, but Alberson caught him and ordered him out.

He says he thought his brother was suffering but was too scared of his stepmother.

Authorities say Jonathan was being punished for wetting the bed and other supposed problems.


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