A Minnesota mother is facing felony charges after being accused of faking a son’s illness and treating her two other children for illnesses they didn’t actually have.
Authorities arrested Jorden Nicole Borders, a 32-year-old Crosslake mother, on an arrest warrant Wednesday following a months-long investigation by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, court records show . She was charged with multiple counts of child torture and stalking.
According to the criminal complaint, first report of local news agency Fox 9, Borders drew blood from her 9-year-old son and flushed it down the toilet before a doctor arrived. Records show that Borders did so to keep the child sick.
The complaint states that the boy told investigators that Borders “repeatedly drew my blood and blood and blood” using a syringe and a central catheter (PICC) inserted into the periphery. and she warned him, “Don’t tell anyone.”
The filing said Borders had drained the blood, causing “her son’s hemoglobin to deplete”. The boy told police he felt “drowsy” afterwards.
The nine-year-old boy was hospitalized in March of this year “due to concerns about his hemoglobin level dropping,” the complaint states, adding that “the only explanation for the His hemoglobin dropped is someone took the blood out of his body.”
Borders allegedly alleged that the hospital lab had taken too much blood from her son. But her two other children told police they had witnessed their mother regularly draw their brother’s blood and that she ordered them to throw it in the toilet. The complaint says that an 8-year-old girl told police that Borders had drawn blood from a cup.
Meanwhile, the mother is accused of self-diagnosing her 8- and 11-year-old siblings with the condition of imperfect bone formation, also known as brittle bone disease.
Borders may have been motivated to make her kids sick, or at least appear sick: The complaint says she received money from the state to care for the 9-year-old, along with gifts gifts and cash totaling more than $35,000 from several localities. non-profit organization.
While the other two children were uninjured, the document says, Borders forced them to wear casts and splints around their necks.
The 11-year-old son told investigators that Borders stole supplies from a local hospital and used them to cast him. Police discovered the boy “was in a cast for 796 days or about 2 years and 2 months of his life,” the document alleges.
According to the complaint, a forensic interview conducted on November 21 revealed even more disturbing accusations against Borders.
The 11-year-old son told investigators that Borders “would strangle all three children and throw them all over the house”. She also allegedly threatened the 9-year-old with a hammer and in at least one episode she threw it at him.
Borders “will make them all stand outside in only their underwear for a long time” and “stay in their room unless she wants something, then they can go out to do something for her.” it,” the filing added. “They have to clean the house, wash the dishes, do the laundry, etc.”
When Borders asked the 11-year-old boy to get her something and he didn’t listen, she allegedly grabbed his neck and forced him against the wall. The boy told police that Borders attacked him that day while he was reading a book.
The complaint says that Borders strangled him for so long that he couldn’t breathe and his vision blurred before she threw him against the wall.
The oldest brother added that Borders would put the kids outside in the cold for long periods of time and hit them with spoons, charging cords and “a belt with a lot of stuff on it.”
According to the brother, Borders made him tell people that his 9-year-old brother couldn’t walk.
The 11-year-old also said Borders ordered him to “puke” at the doctor’s office and made him cough so the doctors thought he had asthma when he really didn’t. The complaint alleges the 11-year-old “will get asthma medication but he doesn’t need it” and that “his dad will sometimes use it.”
The 9-year-old boy shared similar allegations with police, saying his mother would strangle him and his siblings and force them out in the winter. The boy “stated that he was very cold and that his legs and feet were burned,” the filing alleges. “He didn’t know why they… had to go out.” When asked about a “typical day” living with Borders, the boy said: “I’ve never been safe.”
The complaint alleges that Borders also fed the 9-year-old boy through the PICC line when it was not medically necessary. The child tried to sneak food into the room but Borders and his father ransacked his room and found it, then punished him with spanking.
The boy “also reported sleeping on the floor without his clothes on,” the filing continued. “He never had a bed.”
An 8-year-old girl told authorities that Borders had warned her and her siblings that she would kill them and that Borders had threatened her 9-year-old brother the most. The complaint says the girl heard her nine-year-old brother scream when Borders brought him into the bedroom. Like her siblings, the sister told investigators that Borders would strangle her until she couldn’t walk and felt like she was about to pass out.
The complaint also shows that at least one teacher had doubts about what was happening at home. The girl told police that on one occasion, Borders “smacked” her nine-year-old brother in the head and caused it to bleed. Borders “wrongly told the teacher” that the boy hit his head against a wall, the filing added.
It is unclear whether the children’s father knew the truth about the children’s fake injuries and illnesses. The sister reported that Borders did not allow the 9-year-old boy to walk when their father was at home and he was ordered to be in a wheelchair. The girl told police that if their father had known the boy could walk, he would have realized Borders “was lying”.
According to the document, the sister said Borders would tell the nine-year-old boy to “say bad things to their father so he could hit” him. The sister also reported that Borders instructed her to bite her mother, so she could blame the 9-year-old.
In July of this year, police executed a warrant to search Borders’ home and found syringes and casting material. After interviewing the children on November 21, authorities tried to arrest her at home but were unable to find her. Crow Wing County Jail records show Borders was arrested two days later.
Records show that a 37-year-old man with the same address as Borders was also taken into custody on November 23 on charges of assisting an offender to avoid arrest.
Borders has previously posted about her children’s alleged health struggles on Facebook. In May 2021, she posted a photo of her children—with a little girl wearing a neck brace—with the caption “National OI Awareness Week.” She also shared photos of her children, spreading awareness of bone-building imperfections, from 2017 to 2019.
Court records show Borders’ bail amounted to $200,000. She doesn’t have an attorney listed on public records yet.