After less than an hour of deliberation, a Dallas County jury found a woman guilty on Tuesday of starving her 10-year-old stepson to death. Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, now faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Ramsey was found to have intentionally and seriously injured the child, Johnathan Ramsey, who was just 60 pounds when he died in 2011 and had even eaten his own feces because of starvation, according to the Daily Mail.
In Elizabeth's defense, attorneys argued that she had been stopped by her husband from reporting the situation. They said that the father, Aaron Ramsey, 35, was at the head of the tragedy and that Elizabeth had felt forced to comply. Aaron is already serving a life sentence.
Some relatives of the child, including his biological mother, said they had not seen him for months, and his grandfather contacted police after not seeing him for a year in 2012.
Johnathan had Asperger syndrome, and his teacher at school Carrie Liska said that he was a sweet student, though he was quiet and did not play much with other kids at the school.
Aaron reportedly put Johnathan on “military rations” to try to control him when he misbehaved. He also allegedly punched the child in the chest and locked him in his room.
In August of 2011, Johnathan was found dead on the floor of a bedroom, and then put in a sleeping bag by Aaron along with a dryer sheet to hide the smell. His body was then left in a rural area in Dallas.
Source: Daily Mail, Photo Credit: Dallas County Jail