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Former Tech football captain and wife denied bond, charged with cruelty to children

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Recardo Wimbush & Therian Wimbush, courtesy of Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office Recardo Wimbush & Therian Wimbush, courtesy of Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
A former Georgia Tech football player and his wife, accused of locking their son in their basement for more than a year, appeared in court on Saturday.

Recardo Wimbush, 33, and Therian Wimbush, 37, have been charged with cruelty to children in the first degree and false imprisonment. They were denied bond.  

Both suspects are in custody at the Gwinnett County Detention Center, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

According to police, on June 15 the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) received an anonymous complaint that a boy, 13, was being imprisoned in his family’s home.

The Gwinnett County Police Department released the following statement:

DFCS investigated the home at 1924 Pierce Way in Buford, Georgia, on June 16, 2014. Case workers discovered the 13 year old boy was, in fact, being confined to a small room, which locked from the outside. The room contained a box spring and mattress (no bedding) and a large plastic jar, which was apparently used as a toilet. The victim appeared to be in generally good health. The parents stated the victim was confined for disciplinary reasons. The victim’s nine other siblings were not confined and also appeared to be in generally good health. There were no signs of malnourishment or physical abuse to the victim or his siblings. DFCS required the lock to be removed from the door and left the victim and his siblings in the custody of their parents.

A deprivation hearing was held last week and the presiding judge placed the victim and his nine siblings in DFCS custody.

According to police, the boy 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. Police say the victim was provided with food at normal meal times and was occasionally let out to use the bathroom.

The victim did not attend school or any other activities during the time he was imprisoned.

The couple was previously arrested in 2005 on domestic violence charges.


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