• Woman found guilty of starving, injuring 5-year-old stepson forced to live in closet

    By: Ann Smajstrla, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    HOUSTON - A Texas woman has been found guilty of injuring and endangering her 5-year-old stepson nearly five years after the boy was found beaten and malnourished.

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    Tammi Bleimeyer, 37, was found guilty Thursday of injury of a child and child endangerment.

    KTRK-TV reports that in March 2014, the victim's then-16-year-old brother called police to report the alleged abuse. He said the boy was forced to wear a diaper and live in a closet under a stairwell with no food inside their Houston-area home.

    Police tried to find the child, but Tammi Bleimeyer had removed him from the home. Police said Tammi and the victim's father, 24-year-old Bradley Bleimeyer, were uncooperative.

    Authorities found Tammi Bleimeyer and the child the next day in a motel room. Responding deputies said the boy had bumps and bruises and was severely underweight. The boy had to be hospitalized.

    KHOU-TV reports Bradley Bleimeyer pleaded guilty to injury to a child in 2016 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    Tammi Bleimeyer is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

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