A Texas woman accused of keeping her five-year-old stepson in a closet under the stairs until the boy weighed only 29 lbs has been charged with felony injury to a child by omission.
Tammi Bleimeyer, 34, from Spring, just outside Houston, was initially charged with felony child endangerment last year, after her disturbing treatment of the boy, Jordan, became known after his stepbrother spoke out.
When rescued in March 2014, Jordan was severely emaciated, with his bones protruding through his skin and bruises, according to police. A soiled mattress was found in a closet under the stairs of Bleimeyer’s home. The boy was placed in pediatric intensive care to regain his health. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Tammi Bleimeyer, 34, now faces felony injury to a child charges for the malnourishment of her stepson.
2. The boy weighed only 29 lbs when he was rescued.
Now six, Jordan started kindergarten last year.
Mrs. Bleimeyer has denied the abuse and claimed that her 16-year-old biological son was lying when he spoke out because he did not respect his new 24-year-old stepfather and Jordan’s biological father, due to the small age difference between them.
A biological mother of seven, Mrs. Bleimeyer is estranged from her husband Bradley Bleimeyer, who has also been charged with child endangerment.
Jordan’s biological mother Wendy Hall has said that the boy told her he was fed just a cup of water and a piece of bread every day.
The boy has also been allegedly drugged by his father to keep him quiet when guests were over.
3. Bones were visible through Jordan’s bruised skin when he was taken by protective services last spring.
4. Mrs. Bleimeyer posted $30,000 bail on Saturday while her estranged husband Bradley remains in jail on $150,000 bond. He was not charged with the additional felony injury to a child by omission.
Child protective services have taken custody of Jordan as wellas Mrs. Bleimeyer’s other children. Ms. Hall has been granted access to her son while he stayed with an aunt.
Mrs. Bleimeyer’s six-week-old baby, who showed no signs of abuse, was taken from her in October, after an Amber Alert for the baby was issued. The infant was given to foster care.
Mrs. Bleimeyer turned herself in to the latest charges on Saturday and was released on $30,000 bond, KHOU reports.
5. Jordan, now six (left), now lives with an aunt and has made friends at kindergarten after recovering from malnourishment that was discovered last spring (right).
6. Custody of Mrs Bleimeyer’s children was given to protective services after child endangerment charges that stemmed from a soiled mattress and lock being found at her home (pictured).
Mr. Bleimeyer remains in prison and his bail is set at $150,000. No new charges have been filed against him.
Their next court appearance is scheduled for March 2, The Houston Chronicle reports.
Thousands of dollars have been donated for the care of Jordan after an appeal on the Dr. Phil show.
First degree felonies are punishable by up to life in prison.
7. Stepmom accused in child starving case “evil” — an HLN report.
8. Dr. Phil discusses the case of malnourished Houston boy Jordan Bleimyer — CBS New York.
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