The adoptive mother and brother of a 9-year-old Tennessee boy who became the center of an AMBER Alert last year have been arrested for allegedly abusing him.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jordan Gorman was found safe in November 2020, around 3/4 of a mile from his rural Ashland City home. Jordan told authorities that he made himself shelter with a blue tarp he found by a creek.
During Jordan’s disappearance, temperatures dipped into the 30s and 40s. TBI announced that the boy was found “cold and hungry,” but otherwise OK.
Prior to his disappearance, the boy’s adoptive parents reportedly said he was upset after an argument and ran off.
Jordan’s adoptive parents lost a 24-year-old son to a car crash in 2011. Since then, they have been adopting children, including Jordan and four other children. Jordan’s father, Mark Gorman, reportedly told his pastor that he couldn’t take losing another child.
Here’s a picture of the creekbed where Jordan Gorman was found, approximately 3/4 mile, as the crow flies, from his home.
— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) November 17, 2020
On Wednesday, however, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that Coletta Gorman and Alvin Jensen, who’ve been identified as the boy’s adoptive mother and brother, were charged child abuse and related offenses. Agents with TBI said the arrest comes after a follow-up investigation that took place after the child was found.
Agents said Jordan was mistreated and abused at home, prompting him to run away, News 2 reports.
Jensen, who turned herself in on Wednesday, reportedly tried to hide her face from the media as she walked into the Cheatham County jail.
“I don’t really know what’s going on,” she told News 2 as she walked by.
Police, however, said there was ample evidence to show Jordan was neglected and abused.
“There was quite a bit of evidence that there was quite a bit of physical abuse occurring in the household over a period of time…that was one of these cases had such a happy ending. We were able to locate and bring him back, but with that it opened up whole another level of investigation,” Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove said.
Police said there’s no indication that the boy’s adoptive father played any role in the abuse.
Jensen is facing aggravated child neglect, endangerment, and abuse charges, while Gorman faces six counts of aggravated child neglect, endangerment, and abuse.
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[Featured Photo: Jordan Gorman/Police Handout]