Report: Former Georgia Tech LB Recardo Wimbush, wife charged with child cruelty
JUN 27, 2014 10:35a ET
Former Georgia Tech linebacker Recardo Wimbush Sr. and his wife, Therian Cornelia Wimbush, have been charged with cruelty to children, according to a report.
The Gwinnett County police have charged the couple with malicious and intentional cruelty to children and false imprisonment for keeping the oldest of their 10 children locked in the basement of their home for most of the past two years.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Recardo Wimbush Sr., 33, and Therian Cornelia Wimbush, 37, told investigators they had locked their 13-year-old son in a room in the basement for “disciplinary reasons,” said Cpl. Jake Smith, spokesman for Gwinnett police.
“The victim had been confined to the room for most of the past two years and a lock had been added to the victim’s room in January 2013,” Smith said. “The victim had no access to books, toys, entertainment devices, or his siblings.”
Arrest warrants followed an investigation by the Department of Family and Children Services, which acted on an anonymous tip.
According to the warrant, the AJC reports, the child was "sent to the basement of the family house for the past two years in deplorable conditions due to being disobedient." The Wimbushes told a family court judge the kid was a threat to their other children.
From the AJC:
Social workers discovered the boy was being confined to a small room that locked from the outside; it contained a bare box springs and mattress and “a large plastic jar, which was apparently used as a toilet,” Smith said.
The boy was in good health, as were his nine siblings, and there were no other signs of abuse. After a hearing, a judge removed all the children from the house and contacted Gwinnett Police who searched the house the next day, Smith said.
Detectives found that the boy was fed at normal meal times and that the room was kept clean; the parents had added a sheet to the make-shift bed since the visit by the social workers, Smith said.
But detectives don’t believe the boy was being schooled — none of the children attended public school — and was only occasionally let out to use the bathroom, Smith said. The room was dark, with no light bulb in its fixture and the “single window was painted white which let in a small amount of light during daylight hours,” Smith said.
Wimbush was a captain at Georgia Tech during his senior season in 2002.
He and his wife met at Georgia Tech and have 10 children.