Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mom granted "unlimited access"--but not custody--of 5-year-old son; boy was starved, locked under stairs by custodial dad, step (Houston, Texas)

My advise to Mom: Dump the boyfriend. Your son needs you more. Just play the game with these folks for now.

The abuser custodial dad is BRADLEY BLEIMEYER.

Order in starved boy's case excludes mom's boyfriend

By Cindy George | May 1, 2014 | Updated: May 1, 2014 6:45pm

The custody order for the severely malnourished Spring boy discovered in March was amended Thursday to prevent contact with the biological mother's boyfriend.

Last month, Harris County District Court Judge James Lombardino awarded temporary custody of the 5-year-old to Child Protective Services but granted the boy's mother, Windy Hall, unlimited access to the child while he resides with a maternal great-aunt.

At an April 8 hearing, CPS investigator Nicolle Capps said the agency did not recommend overnight visits with Hall until she and her fiancé, Derek Aune, have clean drugs tests. His results at that time indicated chronic marijuana use.

Jared Woodfill, the boy's court-appointed attorney, requested Thursday's emergency hearing to address potential continued drug use by Aune.

"It appears that he has switched to K2," Woodfill said in a separate interview, referring to a kind of synthetic cannabis.

The child's attorney asked the court "to cut off all access to the boyfriend and prevent the child from being taken to the boyfriend's apartment."

Harris County District Court Associate Judge Alyssa Lemkuil granted the request.

"The child has been through too much and is on the road to recovery," Woodfill said, adding that the youngster is "doing well, physically and emotionally. ... The current placement is working out very well."

A message left for Hall's attorney, Frank Mann, was not returned immediately on Thursday.

The boy's father - Bradley Bleimeyer, 24 - and his wife, 33-year-old Tami Bleimeyer, have been charged with felony child endangerment. He remains in the Harris County Jail on $150,000 bail. The stepmother was released on $2,000 bail.

Last month, a juvenile court judge awarded conservatorship of Tami Bleimeyer's six children, who range in age from 1 to 16, to CPS. They are living with an uncle. She nor her estranged husband is allowed to have contact with those children.

Thursday's hearing also revealed that at least $40,000 has been donated to the youngster through efforts by television talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw. (The Dr. Phil Foundation continues to collect contributions for the boy on its website.) Nearly $6,000 also has been collected through public donations, Woodfill said.

Last month, Lombardino raised concerns about funds collected in the boy's name through news outlets and social media as well as the use of the child's image. The judge said media "is not in the boy's best interest" and ordered that all donations go to the court registry.

The child's story aired on McGraw's show on an April 24 episode called "A Dr. Phil Exclusive: The Boy under the Stairs?" Besides Hall, the host interviewed lawyers for Tami Bleimeyer while talking a tour of the two-story Spring home where the boy was reportedly banished to a closet and given little to eat. Pictures of the boy's face were shown on that episode, which was taped in Houston before Lombardino prohibited use of the boy's image.

McGraw noted that the home's freshly painted walls and carefully appointed rooms looked staged for the cameras. The show also aired the perspectives of Harris County