Photo: Mayra Rosales
A new documentary,“Half-Ton Killer?”, is set to air on TLC covering the life story of a Texas woman who falsely testified to murdering her nephew who was killed while she was babysitting. Her testimony was overturned when experts revealed that her obesity would not have allowed her to commit the crime.
In March 2008, police arrested and charged Mayra Lizbeth Rosales, then 27, with capital murder for allegedly striking her sister’s 2-year-old son Eliseo in the head and killing him.
Rosales’ defense team however claimed that due to her immense weight, she would not have had the strength to raise her arm and strike the child hard enough to kill him.
When questioned by police, Rosales said the boy died because she accidentally fell on him. After a doctor’s examination of the boy’s body it was determined that he died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and not from being crushed to death. She would later say she lied to protect her sister, who was the real killer.
In the end, Mayra was exonerated and her sister Jaime Rosales was found guilty of causing injury to the child and sentenced to 15 years in jail.
Mayra Rosales, now 31, said the stress of the trial caused some much stress that her health deteriorated even more. She is now in a hospital for the super morbidly obese, where she is again confined to a hospital bed. However, in the first 12 weeks Rosales says she has lost 280 pounds.
Watch the teaser for the TLC documentary “Half-Ton Killer?” here: