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Woman called ‘Half Ton Killer’ loses 800 pounds in order to care for sister’s children

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Mar 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-02 11:57:50-05

Houston, Texas — A woman weighing more than 1,000 lbs who once took the blame for killing her 2-year-old nephew has now lost 800lbs – and her sister has confessed to killing the toddler.

34-year-old Mayra Rosales was dubbed the “Half Ton Killer.” Rosales’ 2-year-old nephew died after her sister hit him with a hair brush in 2008. Her sister begged her to take the blame, telling her that she had already given up on life. Rosales later told ABC she was willing to give up everything for Jamie.

Mayra falsely confessed to police that she accidentally smothered the child by rolling on top of him while sleeping. She was then charged with murder.

Mayra’s sister later confessed after an autopsy discredited the smothering story. Her name was officially cleared and the charge was dropped. Her sister was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

After Mayra was cleared of the charges, she vowed to get healthy and lose the weight so that she could care for her sister’s children.

Through multiple surgeries and changing her diet, Mayra was able to lose around 800 pounds.

She says she still has more weight she wants to lose.

“I was dying. I don’t know if you had seen pictures before you could see it in my face. I had given up in life,” Rosales said. “I was alive but not living a life.”