A mother-of-seven has been jailed for 28 years after starving her five-year-old stepson and keeping him in a cupboard under the stairs.
The authorities were also told that Tammi Bleimeyer may have tasered Jordan, slammed his head against a wall and made him wear a nappy.
The horrific details emerged as Bleimeyer, a 37-year-old Texan, was found guilty of injury to a child by omission after forcing the child to sleep in the tiny space under the stairs surrounded by exposed nails and wiring.
Doctors say he was close to death when he was rescued and weighed just 29lbs (2st 7oz). They compared his condition to that of a Holocaust survivor.
The authorities first became aware of the abuse after Tammi’s a 16-year-old son reported her in March 2014.
Tammi, who was six months pregnant at the time, fled, taking Jordan with her.
She was eventually tracked down to a nearby motel.
Jordan was covered in bruises when he was recovered by the police.
One expert told the court that Jordan had suffered ‘severe physical abuse and habitual starvation’ and was close to death.
He was only allowed to eat one slice of bread every day – which could be taken away if he did not eat it fast enough – and could not eat with the rest of the family.
Jordan was also put on drugs by his parents to stop him complaining if guests came to the house in Spring.
Jordan’s dad Bradley Bleimeyer was found guilty of the same charges as his wife in 2016 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The stepmother was sentenced following a 10-day trial and two of her biological sons took to the stand to testify against her.
One of them told the court that he would never ‘be the same emotionally’ because of the trauma of the abuse.
Jordan is now aged nine and has been reunited with his biological mother.
Child Protective Services have taken custody of Tammi’s six children, and the newborn baby has been given to a foster family.