Mayra Rosales, known as the “Half-Ton Killer” before her innocence was proven, revealed that she took the blame for killing her nephew because at over 1,000 pounds and unable to stand up, she thought she was dying anyway.
The trial involved using a moving van to transport Rosales to the courtroom after cutting her out of her home. Her attorney bought her a king-size mattress so she could sleep in the courtroom. After all the indignities, and the possibility of conviction, Rosales’ name has been cleared and the bulk of her pounds have been shed.
Rosales, 33, who is now 200 pounds after surgeries and hard work with an obesity coach, held the record as the world’s largest woman when she went on trial for killing her nephew in 2008. She said she hadn’t murdered the child, but had accidentally crushed him. Her lawyer suspected she was covering up for someone, and it eventually came out that Rosales’ sister Jamie had killed her own child by hitting him on the head with a hairbrush.
"I tried to protect my sister, and I was already dying so I didn't see ... like I was doing [something] wrong," Rosales told ABC’s Nightline. "I was already giving up in life, and the way I saw it, when they began saying I was going to get capital murder charges, I really saw it like they were doing me a favor."
Jamie is now serving 15 years of jail time for her crime. Mayra says they are still in touch, and that her sister regrets what she did.
Jamie’s other children are now living with the sisters’ mother, but Mayra is trying to adopt them at her sister’s request.
"They were first to know when I was able to stand up for the first time, and then when they saw me walking, they saw me walk in the door, they were very excited," Mayra said. "They are my motivation."
Rosales’ case amazed doctors because she is not left with long-term health issues after years of extreme obesity.
“I think it’s a miracle of God that I'm healthy,” Rosales told Nightline. “I’m alive, and I’m not diabetic. I do not have cholesterol [problems]. I don’t have high blood pressure, so I’m healthy.”
The TLC documentary "Half-Ton Killer: Transformed” will air this Wednesday.