Parents Charged With Abuse for Locking 'Wicked' Teen in Basement for 2 Years

A former Georgia Tech football player and his wife face child abuse charges for reportedly locking their 13-year-old son in a basement for nearly two years as punishment for stealing a DVD player. Recardo Wimbush, 33, who briefly played for the Atlanta Falcons, and his wife, Therian Cornelia Wimbush, who is 37, allegedly enforced this crazy, cruel consequence on Recardo Jr. because, they said, he was "wicked," had molested three of his younger siblings, and stole the family's DVD player and then lied about it.

The parents are said to be extremely religious people who follow the Yah faith and believed they were helping keep their oldest of 10 children on the "straight and narrow." I'm all for discipline, but the details of this boy's living conditions are beyond extreme and unhealthy and sad.

The young teen was reportedly kept away from his siblings and not allowed contact with them. All of the windows in the basement in which he was locked were blacked out, according to police, and the dwelling contained little else besides a mattress and plastic container he used as a toilet. The Wimbush parents reportedly homeschooled their children, but refused to provide an education for their son during the time he was being punished. They wouldn't even allow him books, reports say, never mind any other form of entertainment like toys, TV, or music.

The child was rescued thanks to an anonymous tip from a neighbor. It should be noted that police have found no evidence thus far that the teen molested his siblings.

The Atlanta couple, who are being charged with malicious and intentional cruelty to children and false imprisonment, have reportedly had all of their children taken away from them and have until the end of today to turn themselves in. When they appeared in family court a few days ago, they allegedly admitted to a judge that they punished Recardo Jr. because he was a "threat" to other children.

I feel sad for the young teen who, no matter how troubled he may be, does NOT deserve to be punished by being locked away from the rest of the world and denied access to the education he deserves. While some parents go so far in one direction NOT disciplining their children, others do not seem to know the difference between discipline with the goal of teaching a lesson and outright cruelty.

If they are found guilty, I really hope these parents are able to receive HELP in the form of parenting classes and counseling so that they can properly care for their 10 children and discipline them in a healthy way.

What consequence do you feel these parents should face if they are found guilty of locking their son in a basement?

 

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nonmember avatar Shelby Van Horn

I can appreciate where you're coming from as far as wanting the parents to get help to raise their children properly, but there is no "help" enough for that. I hope they never have custody of a single child again.

youth... youthfulsoul

So that would mean he was 11 or younger when the "molestation" took place. Is it really classified as molestation if they're all children? Not that it's ok, but some kids do experiment or are curious.

missy... missybest

They should go to jail.  This is absolute abuse.  No excuses for this kind of behavior toward children.  Even if there was a problem with the other kids - the child should have been in counseling.  Nut-case parents should be jailed - period!

Bunhash Bunhash

I can personally attest to you that being under 11 does not always mean harmless curiosity...

nonmember avatar Tara Karrick

I feel these parents deserve a eye for a eye punishment. Sentence them to at least 10 years of hard time but, for the first 2 years the should be put in the shoe or solitary confinement; 23 hour lock down and no outside contact with anyone but prison guards for 2 years. Sorry but that's the only fair punishment.

JezeB... JezeBellyDancer

I never heard of the "Yah faith." I found a site called Kingdom of YAH Ministries. Frankly, I'm surprised they haven't said their son was posessed by Satan.

Aria Clements

"If they are found guilty, I really hope these parents are able to receive HELP in the form of parenting classes and counseling so that they can properly care for their 10 children and discipline them in a healthy way."


You think those kids should go back to parents who thought that locking a child in darkness with nothing to occupy his time should EVER have another chance at raising those kids?  It's a miracle that that boy didn't literally go insane.  

emszoo emszoo

Wow how sad, some people don't deserve children. If this kid did molest the younger ones then make him part of the juvenile justice system and get him some help but the punishment he got is worse than what an adult sex offender gets in our current prison system. How sad I hope all these kids are saved by keeping them out of the care of their parents for good. I agree that the parent's jail time should include solitary confinement so they can experience their method of punishment but that probably won't happen.

Bess Moore

Ten kids?? Now that's a clue right there!! Demented?? Yes!! Lock THEM up! Throw the key away!!

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