Saturday, August 27, 2011

Understatement of the decade

DALLAS (AP) — Texas police say a 10-year-old boy died of dehydration after his parents kept water from him for five days as punishment for wetting his bed.

Michael Ray James and Tina Alberson are CHARGED WITH INJURY TO A CHILD causing serious bodily injury in the July 25 death of their son Johnathan James. Both parents are 42.

Jonathan's twin brother, Joseph James, and a 12-year-old stepbrother weren't hurt and are staying with relatives.

Joseph told The Dallas Morning News that his parents put Jonathan in a room without air conditioning and told him to stand by the window. Temperatures in Dallas hit 100 or more every day but one last month.

Police documents show the boy collapsed and hit his head on the floor the night he died.

Oh, so they didn't TORTURE THEIR SON TO DEATH, they were just "disciplining' him. (It sounds like someone from the Cheney administration's legal team is involved.) I think the police should apologize to them and drop the charges. One thing's for certain: that kid will never wet his bed again, so while they're dropping the charges and begging for forgiveness, perhaps they should give them a certificate that would allow them to teach other parents how to discipline their children.