Woman gets 28 years behind the bars for starving her stepson
A mother of seven children has been sentenced to 28 years behind the bars after starving her 5-year-old stepson, forcing him to wear a diaper, and locking him in grimy closet under the stairs that was called the ‘Harry Potter room.
According to Daily Mail, Tammi Bleimeyer, 37, was found guilty of injury to a child by omission on Friday after forcing Jordan Bleimeyer, now nine, to sleep in what the family called the ‘Harry Potter room’.
The tiny crawlspace, which was located under the stairs, had exposed nails and wiring surrounding the lone mattress.
Doctors said Jordan, who only weighed 29 pounds at the time, had nearly starved to death. They compared his state of malnourishment to a Holocaust survivor.
Bradley Bleimeyer, Jordan’s father, pleaded guilty to the same charge in 2016 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The horrific case first came to light in March 2014 when Bleimeyer’s son, who was 16 at the time, reported her to authorities.
He said Jordan was being abused by his mother and 24-year-old stepfather, claiming the boy was forced to wear a diaper and sleep in a tiny closet under the stairs.
But Bleimeyer, who was six months pregnant at the time, took Jordan from the home and refused to return when police showed up.
Investigators then used cell phone records to track her to a nearby motel, where they found Jordan with Bleimeyer, according to KTRK.
Jordan was found covered in bumps and bruises and severely underweight.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where a pediatrician said he had suffered ‘severe physical abuse and habitual starvation’.
Doctors said the boy could have died within days if he had not been rescued.
Prosecutors later revealed that Jordan was not allowed to eat at the dinner table with his siblings – who were all Bleimeyer’s children. He was only given a slice of bread to eat a day, which would be taken away if he didn’t eat it quickly enough.
The boy was also allegedly drugged by his father to keep him quiet when guests were over.
Jordan’s 16-year-old stepbrother also told authorities he believed someone had slammed his head into the wall and even stunned him with a Taser.