At first glance, it looks like a quiet calm house located in a neighborhood in Spring, but behind the four walls, law enforcement officers tell FOX 26 News that something horrific was taking place.
"The responding deputies, they found a closet and it appeared someone had been staying in the closet," says Harris County Precinct 4 Asst. Chief Mark Herman. He released photos of a five-year-old boy who was living in that closet.
The boy's tiny body showed clear signs of malnutrition and possible abuse. However, Herman adds, the boy would have never been discovered if it wasn't for a domestic dispute call that was made to the house on Friday.
"The man upstairs has plans and this was meant to be," adds Asst. Chief Herman.
According to investigators, rescuing the boy became a huge ordeal for officers because the boy's stepmother Tammi Bleimeyer ran away with him minutes before they arrived.
"We were able through law enforcement technology to track them to a motel in the city of Humble," explains Asst. Chief Herman.
After hours of trying to negotiate with her over the phone, police was finally able to find her. Bradley Bleimeyer, the boy's biological father, was originally involved in the domestic dispute hours before he was seen exiting the motel room. Deputy constables quickly arrested both individuals.
Herman also gives details about the state of the child saying, "He was malnourished, with bumps and bruises and was bleeding from his back. It was a horrific ordeal for those guys."
Neighbors of the couple tell FOX 26 that they suspected something was going on.
"Can I show you this photo? Oh man, that's just a shame," says Skip Warren, when FOX 26 showed him pictures of the boy.
One neighbor told FOX 26 that he contact Child Protective Services several times because the home did not have light or water.
"He should be eating and outside playing. Who knows what type of scars his going to have down the line?," adds Warren.
Asst. Chief Herman was in disbelief about the case stating, "It's jarring unbelievable. In my 28 years in law enforcement, I have never seen something like this."
Outside the families' homes, FOX 26 found a children's playground, a place where kids are suppose to have fun. But for this small child, law enforcement officers say, his life was far from happiness and was more about survival.