It’s simply unbelievable how cruel people can be at times. When we hear of some of the despicable acts they do, we understand how this world slowly becomes an evil place. Luckily, there is always someone who’ll come along and remind us that humanity is not dead.
The following story broke our hearts in a million pieces. The sad faith of a young boy who nearly died of neglect is just a reminder that we should always pay close attention to those around us, because many times people look normal, but hide awful secrets.
Jordan, a five year old boy from Spring, Texas, had the life no one ever deserves to have. He was hours from death when he was found in his home back in 2014. The most devastating thing is that he wasn’t ill, nor suffered an accident, but was severely neglected by those who were supposed to love him unconditionally.
Jordan was a child from his father’s other relationship and lived with him, his step-mother, and seven step-siblings. While the rest of the kids were treated just fine, Jordan was the one who was constantly beaten, starved, and forced to live in a tiny “Harry Potter” room under the stairs.
Brad Bleimeyer and his wife Tammi were parents from hell.
The cupboard where Jordan would spend most of the time wasn’t only small, but there were bare wires and nails sticking out and it was very much unsafe for anyone to be staying there, let alone a boy that young.
Luckily, there was someone in the house who knew how wrong it was for Jordan to be treated that way. 16-year-old Cody, one of the boys, was desperately trying to find a way and save his sibling from the torture he was going through, but somehow, his voice wasn’t heard.
“The police had been to our house multiple times,” said Cody, according to The Sun. “All the police officers told me there was nothing they could do about it.”
“The teachers were unsure what to do — nobody could help me at that point.”
“I remember police officers were actually at our front door and I asked them to come in and see what was happening and they said they couldn’t because I was underage and I didn’t own the house. They were literally at our door and I was asking for help and they couldn’t do anything.”
But despite the lack of help, Cody (who’s now studying criminal justice) kept pushing. He and his sister, Allison, challenged their parents but received verbal and physical punishment and threats for trying to help Jordan.
One day in March 2014, Cody had had enough. He broke into Jordan’s prison cell and was shocked at what he found.
“The day I opened up that closet, Jordan was in the worst shape I had ever seen him in,” he recalled. “I had been in a huge fight with Brad so I was already in trouble and both adults were outside of the house so I just saw an opportunity and I opened up the closet to let Jordan out.”
“But what I found was truly shocking — he was in his diaper, he didn’t have any clothes on. His face was all caved in, bruises all over, marks on him. His mouth was foaming. I have never in my life seen anything as bad as that.”
“I kind of paused for a second and then I just freaked out. If we hadn’t got him out that day I don’t think he would have survived.”
“I picked Jordan up and gave him to my sister Allison so she could care for him and comfort him and I went outside and just called my mom and Brad out on it. They both flipped out that I had opened the closet door — they said I had no business going in there, that it wasn’t anything to do with me.”
“At that point things escalated between me and Brad and we started shoving each other and I was just trying to draw as much attention as I could. I knew at this point there was no turning back. My mom had confiscated my phone but I had a prepaid phone so I called the police but in the meantime my mom was packing all the kids up and getting everyone out.”
“I remember him falling and I picked him up and him just being in my arms was terrible,” Allison, who had been 14 at the time, added. “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. I hadn’t seen him for about a week before this and he was scared, he didn’t know what was happening.”
Finally, this December, the justice had been served and Tammi was sentenced to 28 years in jail. During the court hearing, her children, Cody and Allison testified against her.
Brad Bleimeyer was sentenced to 15, according to the Independent. The rest of the kids were put in foster care. It’s sad how what their parents did affected their life. This is something none of them will ever forget.
Jordan, his biological mother, and the rest of us can never thank Cody and Allison enough for risking their own safety in the struggle to get their little brother off the awfully painful ordeal.
Lovely Jordan got his happy ending. He is now living with his mom and is a very happy and healthy young boy with a great life ahead.