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Sad! 10-Year-Old Boy Dies After Parents Refuse Him Water After Wetting The Bed

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This is just … unimaginable. We can't even begin to understand. Such an awful thing to happen to someone so young.

Jonathan James of Dallas, TX was pronounced dead at a local hospital this week after his parents refused him water for almost five days. The 10-year-old boy was being "punished" by his father and stepmother by being denied water for wetting his bed. The boy collapsed in his home with temperatures reaching 100F. He fainted in front of his brother, who told police he was too frightened to help his brother in fear of being punished himself.

The only ones who deserve punishment are the parents! How dare they do such a horrendous thing to this poor child? You want to deny him water before he goes to bed, that's one thing. But goodness - five days of no hydration in a heatwave?! That was necessary.

Deplorable! Put them both away for life and get that young boy whose brother is gone a better home to live in.

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74 comments to “Sad! 10-Year-Old Boy Dies After Parents Refuse Him Water After Wetting The Bed”

  1. 1

    "Who dare they do such a horrendous thing to this poor child? You want to deny his water"
    Terrible tragedy, terrible spelling. And you call yourself an author.

  2. 2

    When they lock them up the should refuse THEM water

  3. 3

    Your grammar is getting worse and worse. Do you speak English, because a lot of your sentences say to the contrary.

    I'd like to know what the hell is going on with Perez. First his grammar is the most horrible grammar I've seen from an English speaking person who claims to be an author. Then, you over-blow stories constantly. Most recently the Sarah Jessica Parker story about the bodyguard. Then, during interviews your talking about yourself so much that your microphone is facing you, more than the person you're interviewing.

    Pull your shit together! I remember a Perez Hilton who was actually good at what he did. This one's pathetic.

  4. 4

    please at least check your grammar before posting!

  5. 5

    I'm going to blame auto-correct on this one…or you're having a stroke. Regardless, we get the message, just horrible!!

  6. 6

    dear english professor wannabes,
    ok people, we get it! he can't spell and jumbles sentences. however, it does not make you any smarter by pointing out his grammatical errors. besides, it seems when perez gets emotional about a topic, his head is thinking faster than his fingers can type.
    just keeping it real
    p.s. no i am not perez! ahahaha

  7. 7

    Re: just keeping it real – Actually it is people like you who show a blanet disregard for the English language and do not point out mistakes that continue to let our grammar fall apart. I applaud all of the others who make the corrections. And it is not being an English professor, it is simply being someone educated past a middle school education who cares about the language.

  8. 8

    Re: Samtra – blanet? REALLY? As you can see, it happens to everyone. I agree with justkeepinitreal.

  9. 9

    I would really like for Mario to contact me in regards to obtaining a full time position on the writing and editing staff. Seriously. I'm not even a Writing or English major, and I can do sooo much better than what you have going on right now. It makes your blog seem unprofessional. I have been reading it for several years now, and you guys seem to be going backwards instead or forwards with these posts. Incredible and sad. Unless, of course, you may be allowing the mistakes on purpose just in order for people to sign up and comment. Hhhmmmmm?!

  10. 10

    Those people are disgusting pigs! Whatever happened to plastic sheets when your kid wets the bed?

  11. 11

    Re: just keeping it real – I agree with you. It may be annoying to some to see mistakes but it is also the height of rudeness to point them out. One is supposed to be interested in what is being said, not how it is being said. Check your etiquette books. It is shocking also, that people would rather comment on Perez's writing style than the very sad topic at hand.

  12. 12

    Re: bre_faz:D Re: Samtra – oh puhleeeezzz get over your self righteous, hypocritical self (as someone already pointed out your lack of proper spelling!) my point, although you clearly don't get it, is that all people like you care about is being petty and quite pathetic frankly! get a life, that is all. class over.

  13. 13

    Re: be strong – exactly!!

  14. 14

    Re: just keeping it real – We have received your letter of concern and have forwarded it to the proper department. Thank you for your input.
    PS - I'm much smarter than Hilton.

  15. 15

    I hope they prosecute these two parents to the fullest extent of the law.
    How could they be such IDIOTS??

  16. 16

    c'mon people. are we really so jaded that the thing that offends everyone most about this post is the typos? we should be outraged at what this poor boy went through, but instead everyone feels the need to point out perez's faults? if you're going to pick on anyone, don't you think it should be these pathetic excuses for parents? I don't understand how this sort of thing is still happening, how can people be so evil to their own son?

    ps- i don't care if i spelled anything wrong or used poor grammar, i'd rather people post passionate comments about this story so i know it affected more than just me.

  17. 17

    I am just shocked. Living in Dallas as well, I know how hot it is out there. How could they refuse him water in such heat? His poor brother, this is going to haunt him.

  18. 18

    Wow who edited this? They should be canned! If you want to be seen as a credible website, make sure your writers are actually literate!

  19. 19

    RIP Jonathan! I also wish your twin all the very best for him to move on from this tragedy that could have been prevented. What a-holes are these f'ing parents?! There is NO EXCUSE these days to not know that punishing a child by not giving him water or food is stupid. I hope his parents (well a$$hole father and bitch step-mother) rott in hell. I hope when they are convicted they are beaten beyond recognition and I hope they get the death penalty. The father apparently had issues with child endagering before so why was he allowed to have both children with him for an extended weekend?

  20. EDrew says – reply to this


    I hate stories like this. This is terrible for all parties involved.
    On another note, who is proofreading this stuff? At the end of the story is says this is necessary. WTF? Your people sound ignorant.

  21. 21

    Terrible. How could someone do that to a child????

  22. 22

    This is a crock of shit. School is IN and he's 10 years old. He can drink some water at school, and seriously.. DRINK FROM THE DAMN FAUCET OR HOSE. Were his parents really with him at ALL times? ALSO, you REALLY should stop using the word "deplorable" it's super annoying and makes you sound as though your vocabulary is seriously lacking.

  23. 23

    Re: Samtra – What does 'show a blanet disregard for the English language' mean? Uhm, you can take foot out of mouth now and shut up next time.

  24. 24

    Re: oh hay – I learned to not be passionate about child abuse stories because people will comment on how we are raising a generation of brats and how they deserve all the abuse they get. It was making me crazy so I had to stop. I hope you have more success, though.

  25. 25

    Perez you REALLY need to edit your posts before you post them. That was almost hard to read!

  26. 26

    It is hard to focus on the post and the message behind the post when you are trying to solve word puzzles while reading. Everyone makes typos but when a sentence makes no sense what-so-ever and you have to put together the pieces, it's hard to empathize with the story. I just get really effing annoyed…seriously Perez? Your blog is starting to go backwards instead of forwards. Good grammar=professionalism.

  27. 27

    You've got to be kidding me. A child is dead and all you talk about is grammar? What a sad commentary. RIP….what a horrible and preventable tragedy. Hope the parents rot in hell.

  28. 28

    Truthgal and oh hay: See what I mean?

  29. rgp says – reply to this


    "You want to deny his water before he goes to bed, that's one thing" Actually kids that have a bedwetting issue tend to have a problem with some of their hormones not working properly dumb ass and they can't help peeing the bed. It is humiliating enough for them without someone making them think it is their fault!!

  30. rgp says – reply to this


    "You want to deny his water before he goes to bed, that's one thing" Hey dumbass, kids especially little boys sometimes have a hormone issue that causes this problem and sometimes it follows them into adulthood. They are embarrassed enough without an adult making them feel it is their fault. Denying water will NOT help this for any amount of time!!! There are drugs that can help, there are alarms but for pete's sake don't withhold fluids!!! My son has this very issue.

  31. 31

    Holy hell perez, "But God- five days of no hydration in a heatwave? That was necessary"
    When it's something like this that is a terrible tragedy you need to not make stupid mistakes like that.

    I went without a lot of water for about two days and I got SOOO sick. I can only imagine how terrible this child felt before he passed.

  32. 32

    First off, that is not even the reason, Mario! He was denied water for supposedly stealing guitar parts from his step-brother. And this whole family is a bunch of assholes. The grandmother should have called CPS when those boys didn't want to go to their father's house in the first place. It seemed to me a bunch of people who just wanted thier 5 minutes of fame on tv. Disgusting. And Mario is late as usual with his news stories.

  33. 33

    Re: be strong – When this guy is supposedly an author of a book and is making money off of a website where he posts about the news, as a "PROFESSIONAL", all he has to fucking do is re-read his article for grammar errors. Hell, I do that all the time so I don't sound like a dumbass, even if it is something i'm passionate about. It takes like 5 minutes of his time at most. Or is he typing to fast to get to the next article and make more money? Hmm. People have the right to be a grammar nazi over someone who has a professional website where he profits off of. It's not always about substance, but also does his writing make sense? Half the time, it doesn't.

  34. 34

    This story is extremely upsetting. I live in the DFW area so I know how incredibly hot it is. My children are constantly drinking water. My issue is this, kids are in school now. How did he not get water there. They have water fountains in the halls. They have lunch. Did the child get denied his bathing privileges at home? And what about when he brushed his teeth? You would think his teachers & other school officials would have noticed this.

  35. 35

    That is horrible. I hope the other kid is taken in by a loving family and not the crappy foster system and that the parents rot in jail. This is beyond fucked up.

  36. 36

    Hard story to read. Not only because of what happened to the child but mainly the terrible Grammar and spelling mistakes… And you are an author? I call bullshit!

  37. Coqi says – reply to this


    Who wrote your book? You can't even write on your blog! I would hate, hate hate to be your editor.

  38. 38

    Re: be strong – Yet you fail to comment on the tragedy of this poor boy and take your time to point out the rudeness of others. (The height of rudeness…) Please

  39. 39

    And Perez, You should tone down the amount of time you use the word deplorable, because it makes you look like you are trying to impress a bunch of people with a big word and that it is the only one that you know. So here are a bunch more you could use which are similiar to deplorable:

    afflictive, awful, blameworthy, bummer, calamitous, dire, dirty, disastrous, disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, distressing, dolorous, downer, dreadful, execrable, faulty, godawful, grievous, grim, heartbreaking, heartrending, horrifying, intolerable, lamentable, lousy, melancholy, miserable, mournful, opprobrious, overwhelming, pitiable, poor, regrettable, reprehensible, rotten, sad, scandalous, sickening, stinking, terrible, tragic, unbearable, unsatisfactory, woeful, wretched

    Sorry if this came across as insensitive but you should try mixing it up, more often. Also, I get that this isnt the "New York Times" but spell check doesn't hurt either, make it your best friend.

    R.I.P, Jonathan James. I hope his parents rot in jail. They deserve to.

  40. 40

    Re: So-What – Keep reading, I do address it, later. Perez gets excited or upset when he writes-hence the mistakes but I just take it as part of his charm.

  41. 41

    Wow, I am in shock. Are the parents really that stupid to not realize that water is an absolute necessity for life, even moreso than food? I hope they both go to prison for a long time.

  42. 42

    It was his father and step-mother, not both of his parents. I read that the boys did not want to go to their father's home, but it was court-ordered. So tragic. They fed him a peanut butter sandwich and still refused him water. These people need to rot in a cell and only be fed peanut butter without water.

  43. 43

    Absolutely horrible!! RIP Jonathan. Hope the parents are in prison for a looong time!!

  44. 44

    so sad

  45. 45

    who gives a shit about his grammar….(however horrible….) how is this gossip? or celebrity fodder?

  46. 46

    I can not believe the first thing out of everyone's mouth is about grammer. The first time I read this story I cried. Look at the face of that poor little angel. He looks like such a sweet boy. I saw one picture of him in a boyscout uniform and it reminded me of my son and I cried a little more. How can anybody do this to their own child? And then you see the photos of the two overweight lazy disgusting pathetic excuses for parents and it just makes you angry that people like this are allowed to be parents. Poor child, you are in a betterplace now where your parents can no longer hurt you and make you suffer.

  47. 47

    This is finally the proper use of the word deplorable. I cannot imagine depriving any child of something so necessary to thrive and live healthy. Wetting the bed is definitely not something a child does on purpose, and judging by the extreme nature of this punishment over an accident, one can only begin to imagine the punishments this child probably received if he was bad. (being as the brother was afraid to help him for fear of punishment himself, says a lot about the nature of previous punishments) It may be a stretch, but perhaps the child was afraid to get up in the middle of the night to pee in fear that he might be punished for being out of bed, waking the parents etc. Poor child. :(

  48. 48

    Who cares about the drama look at this story!!!!!! I could cry…just horrible poor boy imagine how he would have felt the pain he went through and the fact that people who are supposed to be the ones who lovehimand care for him the most are the ones causing the pain…hope they die, there's no excuse at all!

  49. 49

    This is Horrible! Thank god child protective services are going to find that other child a good home! So sad. =[

  50. 50

    Re: just keeping it real – - In order for REAL JOURNALISM PROFESSIONALS to maintain any kind of credibility, they need to learn how to SPELL and CONSTRUCT SENTENCES that make SENSE! Now, I don't expect the kind of strict adherence to grammar and spelling rules from a nearly 40-year-old pink-haired gay man who runs a gossip website and pretends to cr*p on a teenagers face, but I would hope he would take himself a little more seriously.

    I am an unemployed copy editor. I would like a job. I would literally do the job for Perez at minimum wage and telecommute if it would help improve the quality of this website. It is so pathetic.

  51. 51

    Well, the first 20 or so people who played grammar cop had spelling errors (wrong you're/your, anyone?) and grammar and punctuation errors too, so… You would think if you were going to be such a raving grammar Nazi, you would proofread your own damn comments. Practice what you preach! YOU'RE GRAMMERS ISN'T NO BETTER THEN PEREZ' HILTONS. And that's all I have to say about that.

  52. 52

    Re: nightmare hippie girl – You are dumb.

  53. 53

    lmfao I love how most of these comments are about grammar and not the kid dying. Sympathy FAIL

  54. 54

    Re: nightmare hippie girl – GRAMMERS? Thats not even a word… the phrase would be your grammar is… So now look who looks stupid. Not only did you spell grammar wrong, but you used it incorrectly in the phrase. There is no such thing as "grammars" or "grammar's" Grammar is… period, two words. Spelled right. Now get off your soap box, you are NO better LMAOOOOO!!

  55. 55

    and before you jump down my back, yes i know it should have been that's or that is, my fingers type to fast for my brain. But then again, I am not the one trying to be the cool one here… Lol..

  56. 56

    Re: nightmare hippie girl – Practice what you preach! YOU'RE GRAMMERS ISN'T NO BETTER THEN PEREZ' HILTONS. And that's all I have to say about that.

  57. 57

    For those of you that don't understand why this kid couldn't just drink water at school, this child died before school was back in session. As usual on this site, they were a little late in posting this story. I live in Dallas and this story aired on the local news last week. All that aside, these people deserve a special spot in hell and I hope they are punished to the full extent of the law.

  58. @v@ says – reply to this


    Look how cute he is. They didn't deserve him. In another year or two, the boy would have rebelled and left and got his own damn water. It's a very cruel world. RIP, little one.

  59. 59

    The little angel gets no water for 5 days for doing something that is very common with children his age. I say give the fuckers the lethal injection and let's get rid of them for good.

  60. 60

    Re: MsJules – Ugh it didn't let me finish what I was saying. First off, you're grammers? You're?!?!?!?! It would be your, otherwise what you said was you are grammers (still spelled wrong), funny you pointed out people using the word incorrectly, when you in fact did the same thing. hypocrite much? And then, isn't not any better? Really? Is that even English? Double negatives are such sneaky little devils aren't they?Re: nightmare hippie girl – Then again, you are a hippie.

  61. 61

    you never deny water or any beverage to a child even if they wet the bed.they will get dehydrated if they dont have enough fluids.if he wet the bed there night time diapers for them to use.this is horrible. they definitly should take the other child away from these crazy people…..

  62. 62

    You all can't take your heads out of your asses long enough to realize that the topic is horrendous and all you all care about is Perez Hilton's GRAMMAR AND SPELLING. Seriously???? This is why the world is full of F*cked up SH*T like this, because people focus on the unimportant stupid bullsh*t instead of looking at the real issue that's smacking them across the face like a wet codfish.

  63. 63

    Re: bre_faz – hahahaha niiiiiice :)

  64. 64

    Re: MsJules – Quit being so damn rude…this isn't reality TV here!

  65. 65

    I hope these "parents" get the death penalty.

  66. 66

    Re: DEPLORABLE – Thanks! I try… lol!

  67. 67

    Re: bre_faz – I'm being rude? LOL!! Hmm.. Rude to someone who was being Rude.. thats fresh.

  68. 68

    Re: Samtra – I think you are perhaps missing the point….

  69. 69

    Re: Seriously1988 – I guess someone is a little highly strung…take a breath and go back to the job centre (or center as you Americans say lol).

  70. 70

    I hope they give his parent a life sentence for child abuse. This is sad and disgusting!

  71. 71

    It's so sad how evil people can be…I hope that boy is in a better place! I still can't believe his parents would punish him by not giving him water (umm, it's like the 2nd most needed element to live, besides oxygen!) for FIVE whole days in 100 degree weather! That is disgusting!!! I hope those two parents get as much time in prison as possible!

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  73. 73

    Re: Ryan_Gellar1 – Don't throw stones from a glass house! I'm kind of joking.. but make sure you don't have spelling or grammar errors if YOU'RE criticizing someone else's writing.

  74. 74

    Re: Samtra – Okay, since you want corrections.. blatant.. not blanet.