Ex-Georgia Tech football star Recardo Wimbush allegedly locked up son for 2 years
Parents charged with cruelty to children and false imprisonment
A former Georgia Tech football player and his wife turned themselves in to police on Friday after being accused of locking their 13-year-old son in a room for nearly two years.
Recardo Wimbush, 33, and his wife, Therian Wimbush, 37, have been charged with cruelty to children in the first degree and false imprisonment after an investigation revealed the couple imprisoned their son in the family's home in Buford, Ga.
The boy was locked in a small room with a box spring and a mattress with no bedding, and a large plastic jar which was apparently used as a toilet, according to a police press release.
He had no access to books, toys, entertainment devices, or his nine siblings while being locked up for nearly two years. The 13-year-old was fed at normal meal times and was occasionally let out to use the bathroom, but didn't go to school or take part in other activities.
Case workers discovered the boy to be in generally good health, with no signs of malnourishment or physical abuse.
The couple's other children have been placed in the custody of child services.