A Texas mother who was found guilty of beating, starving, and forcing her then-5-year-old stepson to live in a closet was sentenced to prison on Tuesday.
Tammi Bleimeyer, 37, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for abusing and nearly starving Jordan Bleimeyer to death in 2014. The child’s father, Bradley Bleimeyer, pleaded guilty in 2016 to causing injury to a child—the same charge his wife was convicted of—and was sentenced to 15 years.
The Houston Chronicle reported that it was in March 2014 when the boy’s 16-year-old brother told police of the abuse the child was suffering. In addition to forcing the 5-year-old to wear a diaper and starving him until he weighed 29 pounds, prosecutors said he was relegated to a crawlspace, which was covered with wires and exposed nails.
Prosecutors said Jordan was fed slices of bread which were taken from him when he didn’t eat fast enough.
“He was nearly starved to death,” Assistant District Attorney Stephen Driver said. “Doctors compared his state of malnourishment to that of a Holocaust survivor.”
While deputies who received the tip tried to locate the child, they said the couple was uncooperative and Tammi had taken the child from the home before their arrival. Deputies said it was a day later when they tracked Tammi’s cell phone to a hotel—where they found Jordan, emaciated and covered in bumps and bruises, according to KTRK.
The Chronicle reported that Jordan’s health is believed to have rapidly deteriorated a month after Child Protective Services visited the family in February 2014. Investigators who photographed and interviewed the 5-year-old at the time reportedly found he wasn’t in poor health.
Constable Mark Herman, an assistant chief at the time, said CPS and deputies were investigating the family in January 2014. He claimed the couple wasn’t home each time deputies were called there.
Jordan, now 9, is reportedly living with his biological mother.
JUSTICE HAS ARRIVED !! MOTHER WHO STARVED HER 5 YEAR OLD STEP SON AND KEPT HIM LOCKED IN A CLOSET UNDER STAIRS WAS FOUND GUILTY TODAY IN COURT!!
In Feb 2015 Tammi Bleimeyer was arrested and charged with felony injury to a child by omission. pic.twitter.com/YIyaMjX7r5
— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) December 7, 2018
[Featured image: Jordan Bleimeyer/Harris County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office]