A Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison after he abducted his 3-week-old son four years ago and the boy died in an hot U-Haul with methamphetamine in his system, PEOPLE confirms.
Michael Alan Webster, 40, was convicted Oct. 3 of injury to a child in the August 2014 death of his infant son, Michael Webster Jr.
Webster maintains his innocence.
Prosecutors said he “stole” the child from the boy’s mother on July 31, 2014, after she had fled from his abuse days earlier.
Over an eight-day period, Webster refused to return Michael Jr., evading his family’s efforts and pressure from the court and police. Nonetheless he regularly sent text messages to the boy’s mother and others, prosecutors said, even lying about the boy being injured to try and coerce the mother into meeting him.
The boy died on Aug. 8 from “complications of an unsafe sleeping environment,” Montgomery County Assistant District attorney