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Jonathan James, 10, Dies From Dehydration After Dallas Parents Deprive Him Of Water For 5 Days

First Posted: 08/31/11 10:53 AM ET Updated: 10/31/11 06:12 AM ET

Jonathan James

A 10-year-old Dallas boy died of dehydration after his parents deprived him of water for five days, a punishment for wetting his bed, CNN reports.

Jonathan James was forced to stand on a marked "X" in the kitchen of his Dallas home while the 100-degree heat beat down on his back in the non-air conditioned room. After five days without water, Jonathan started showing signs of dehydration and was taken to the hospital on July 25, but could not be revived, the network reported.

"They made him eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The peanut butter got stuck in his throat," Jonathan's twin brother, Joseph, told the network. "They still wouldn't let him have water...I couldn't do nothing about it. Because if I said something, I would end up getting in trouble too."

Jonathan's father and stepmother have been charged with serious bodily injury to a child.

"A totally preventable death," remarked CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin. "Adults failed Jonathan James."

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