TX: stepmother of malnourished boy in closet speaks out
POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:29am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:00am
Houston, TX (KHOU) — A woman in Texas charged with felony child abuse against her five-year-old stepson is speaking out, telling her side of the story.
It's an image that breaks your heart, but stepmom Tammie Bleimeyer says she's not responsible. She says she was shocked.
The pregnant mother of six is charged with felony child endangerment, not just because police found this five year old severely underweight, but because he was allegedly forced to live in a closet under the stairs.
Her husband, the boy's biological father, Bradley Bleimeyer, is facing the same charges.
"A lot of the story has gotten very twisted, there has been things added to it, things changed, there's a lot of lies out there," said Tammie Bleimeyer
During an exclusive interview, sitting next to her attorney, she said she wanted to set the record straight.
First, she and her husband aren't living together.
In fact, she claims the father and son live in Alabama, not at her house in Spring.
She doesn't know why he's so skinny.
"I have never seen him look like that, and I have never seem him with his shirt off recently."
Last Thursday, they were in town visiting at her home when a fist fight broke out between Bradley and her 16-year-old son.
Police were called, and she claims the teen lied to investigators about abuse.
"They are close in age and he doesn't respect him as a father."
She shared a picture of the area under the stairwell.
"This is a small square space that kind of slants down as the stairs gets smaller."
Her attorney says she's been trying to tell investigators her story.
"We have no idea why these allegations are being made, CPS has known we are involved in this."
Tammie Bleimeyer has also filed for divorce. But she’s still not convinced her soon to be ex-husband is responsible for the boy's condition.
"I don't know what caused him to look like that I don't know if it is health issues or if it truly is something else, but I don't want to be like everyone else and assume the worse."