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Malnourished Child Found Hidden In A Cupboard By Parents

What kind of mother keeps her kid hungry in a cupboard for years?

A couple in Houston, USA has been arrested for endangering the life of their 5 year old son after police found the boy, severely malnourished, in only a nappy and locked up in a cupboard early this week.

According to KRPC-TV reports, the child was found bruised and with protruding bones after Harris County officers were called to a disturbance in the 21500 block of Castlemont, in Spring, Houston, on Thursday.

The kid's step-older brother, 16, was the one who called authorities that his father and stepmother were neglecting his younger stepbrother and keeping him locked in a cupboard.

Upon arrival, police found Bradley Bleimeyer, 24, arguing with his 16-year-old stepson. Police entered the house and found a tiny room with a lock under the stairs. But the stepmother, 33-year-old Tammi Bleimeyer, had left the house with the child before officers arrived.

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Ms Bleimeyer was later tracked down at a motel in Humble on Friday via her mobile phone and the boy was taken to Texas Children's Hospital. Investigators released images of the tiny, blonde-haired child, which show his protruding shoulder blades, ribs and spine.

Mr. and Ms. Bleimeyer were arrested Friday on a charge of endangering a child. Ms Bleimeyer was released on a bond of $2,000 (£1,200) and Mr. Bleimeyer, who was already out on bail for a burglary arrest, was held without bond.

The child remains hospitalized. Officials say the Children's Protective Services (CPS) is desperately requesting emergency custody of the boy.

Should the child be handed over to the government?

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