Pregnant stepmother and father 'kept starving 5-year-old son in a locked closet under the stairs' Caution graphic images
Pregnant stepmother and father 'kept starving 5-year-old son in a locked closet under the stairs'
- Police discovered the room when called to a disturbance at the home last Thursday in Harris County, Texas
- The child's stepmother Tammi Bleimeyer, 33, fled the scene with the boy but police tracked them to a motel
- Tammi, who is six months' pregnant and has five children, has been charged with child endangerment
- Husband Bradley Bleimeyer is being held without bond on same charge after already being out on bond for burglary charge
A father and pregnant stepmother have been arrested after they allegedly kept their five-year-old son locked under the stairs.
Police discovered a locked closet with a mattress after being called to a home following a disturbance last Thursday between Bradley Bleimeyer, 24, and his 16-year-old stepson.
teenager had allegedly objected to his younger stepbrother being kept
under the stairs at the home in Spring, Harris County, Texas.
Authorities are investigating a father and stepmother who are accused of starving and locking their 5-year-old son in a closet at their Texas home
The child's stepmother Tammi Bleimeyer, 33, had fled the home with the boy before officers arrived, according to click2houston.
who is six months' pregnant, refused to return to the home when
contacted by police. She was tracked to a motel in Humble by her
cellphone where she was found with the boy.
The child was taken to hospital where he was treated for a large cut on his back, bumps and bruises and severe malnourishment.
He remains at Texas Children's Hospital where Child Protective Services have applied for emergency custody.
Tammi Bleimeyer was charged with endangering a child and released on $2,000 bond.
Bradley and Tammi Bleimeyer allegedly locked the five-year-old boy under the stairs and starved him
Imprisoned: The boy was found in a closet under the stairs wearing his diaper. It is unclear how long he'd been held there
Bleimeyer, who was already out on bond for a burglary charge, was also charged with endangering a child.
The 24-year-old, who has spent time in jail and has string of prior convictions, is being held without bond.
Bleimeyer is the biological father of the five-year-old. His expectant
wife is the biological mother of six children including the 16-year-old
All the children
are being cared for by family but CPS is expected to gain custody
shortly. The health of the other children is currently unknown.
Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Herman told Kens5 he had never seen anything like it in his 30 year career.
was severely under nourished, bone sticking out, bumps, bruises. His
skin was coming off on his back. It's a horrific horrific situation,' he
MailOnline was awaiting a comment from Harris County Precinct 4 officers.
Horrific: Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Herman said the abuse was the worst he'd seen in his thirty year career
The child was treated in hospital for cuts, bumps and bruises and was severely malnourished