A Minnesota woman charged with child torture allegedly stole her son’s blood and treated her two other children for medical conditions they did not have.
Jorden Nicole Borders, 32, is charged with three counts of child torture and stalking in the alleged abuse of her children: an 8-year-old girl and two boys ages 9 and 11, Fox Minneapolis reported.
Authorities began investigating Borders after doctors checked on the 9-year-old boy. His hemoglobin numbers continued to drop, and Borders claimed the hospital was drawing too much blood.
However, her children told authorities they saw her take her brother’s blood and put it in a cup and flush it down the toilet, according to a court complaint. They said she often did it before doctor visits.
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The 9-year-old boy told investigators that his mother simply “kept drawing my blood … and said not to tell anyone,” describing how his body felt “sick and sleepy,” the complaint states.
Investigators later learned that Borders self-diagnosed her two sons, ages 8 and 11, with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. The children said they were forced to wear casts and neck braces even though they had no injuries.
The 11-year-old boy said his mother told him to pretend to break his bones and put him in casts with materials she stole from doctors, authorities said. The 11-year-old boy was in a cast for more than two years, prosecutors said.
The children said their mother would often suffocate them and make them stand outside in the cold and throw objects at them.
“I was never safe,” the 9-year-old told investigators of a typical day in his life.
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He said that he slept on the floor and was often hungry. She was trying to sneak food into her room, but her father was looking for her, she allegedly said.
Borders was receiving money from the state to care for the child.