Siblings of five-year-old who was starved, forced to wear a diaper and locked in a cupboard have revealed how they sneaked him bread to keep him alive.
Jordan, now nine, was forced by his mother Tammi, 37, to sleep in what the family called the ‘Harry Potter room’ at her home outside Houston, Texas.
The tiny crawlspace under the stairs had exposed nails and wiring surrounding the lone mattress.
Allison Frank (pictured) said she and brother Cody would have to sneak bread to Jordan when their mother wasn’t looking
Cody recalled the moment he got Jordan out of the cupboard. He said: If we hadn’t got him out that day I don’t think he would have survived.’
Bleimeyer forced her stepson Jordan Bleimeyer to sleep in what the family called the ‘Harry Potter room’. He weighed only 29 pounds when he was rescued by police (pictured)
Doctors said the abused boy, who only weighed 29 pounds at the time, had nearly starved to death. They compared his state of malnourishment to a Holocaust survivor.
Today, his siblings Allison and Cody have recalled the moment they opened the cupboard and called police, saving his life.
Cody said he ‘freaked out’ when he one day opened the closet and saw the state Jordan was in.
He told the
Cody said he handed Jordan to his sister Allison to comfort him while he called police.
Tammi Bleimeyer, 37, was sentenced to 28 years in prison after she starved her diaper-clad five-year-old stepson and forced him to sleep in a tiny closet
Allison said: ‘It was like I wasn’t holding anything – he was so light – it wasn’t like holding a kid at all. He was so, so white and his cheeks were sunken and he smelled terrible – it was just awful.’
She also told how, before they summoned up the courage to rescue him, she and Cody would have to sneak bread to Jordan when their mother wasn’t looking.
Cody said on the day of the rescue in 2014, his parents were furious that he had opened the closet door without their permission.
He said once he had seen the awful conditions the boy was being kept in, he had to save the youngster.
Tammi Bleimeyer, 37, was found guilty of injury to a child by omission on Friday and sentenced to 28 years in jail after Cody, 21, and Allison, 19, testified against her.
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 Cody, who was 16 at the time, reported Bleimeyer 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
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’.
Bleimeyer broke down in court after her sentencing. She was found guilty of injury to a child by omission on Friday
Jordan was covered in bumps and bruises and severely underweight. Doctors compared his state of malnourishment to a Holocaust survivor
Prosecutors later revealed that Jordan was only fed a slice of bread a day, which was snatched out of his hand if he didn’t eat it fast enough
Jordan was rushed to the hospital after he was rescued from the motel where Bleimeyer took him to after her 16-year-old son reported her to the police
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.
Officials said Jordan’s health declined rapidly after Child Protective Services visited the Bleimeyer home in February 2014, according to the
CPS had been investigating the family that year and were called to the home several times.
Bleimeyer’s teenage son said both she and her husband Bradley Bleimeyer, Jordan’s father, were abusing Jordan. Bradley was sentenced to 15 years in prison
Officials said Jordan’s health declined rapidly after Child Protective Services visited the Bleimeyer home (pictured) in February 2014
Bleimeyer was arrested and charged in February 2015. She was sentenced on Monday following 10 days of testimony.
She broke down in the Harris County Courthouse in Spring, Texas after the verdict was read and two of her biological sons took the stand.
‘It’s no mystery why we’re all here,’ one of the sons said in a prepared statement. ‘You made a big mistake, and ultimately have to face the consequences.’
‘I’m up here to ask a rhetorical question of how, how could you put your children through all that? The people who should be your pride and joy.’
‘You caused me feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, and emptiness. I can’t say that I’ll ever be the same emotionally because of this.’
Jordan has since been reunited with his biological mother Wendy Hall and CPS took custody of Bleimeyer’s other children. Her newborn was given to foster care.
Bleimeyer broke down in the Harris County Courthouse in Spring, Texas after the verdict was read and two of her biological sons took the stand.