EDINBURG, Texas – A Hidalgo County woman once dubbed the "half-ton killer" after confessing to the murder of her nephew is now asking for custody of her sister’s other children.
Mayra Rosales weighed over 1,000 pounds when she was arrested in 2008. She told police she killed her 2-year-old nephew by rolling on top of him.
Because of her size, the challenges of transporting her and a variety of ailments, Rosales was arraigned in her home and permitted to remain there because the jail was not equipped to handle her.
Investigators eventually proved Rosales wasn’t physically capable of committing the crime.
Her sister, Jamie Lee Rosales, was later charged and convicted of beating her son to death. She is currently serving a 15-year sentence.
Mayra Rosales has lost nearly 800 pounds and wants to raise her sister’s surviving children.
She is the subject of a TLC show called "Half-ton Killer: Transformed" that debuts Dec. 4.