GWINNETT COUNTY,GA- A Gwinnnett county jury Friday found a couple guilty of three counts of second degree child cruelty after being accused of locking their son in a basement. Recardo and Therian Wimbush were found not guilty of the more serious first-degree child cruelty charges. The Wimbushes were accused of locking their son in that basement for 18 months as punishment in 2014. Therian Wimbush said her son had abused one of his nine other siblings.
The couple represented themselves in the trial and questioned their own children.
Back in March 2015, the child abuse case got underway with Therian Wimbush defending her decisions as a mother. State authorities were there in Gwinnett County Juvenile Court to permanently take custody of her 10 children. The children have been in foster care since she and her husband were arrested for felony child abuse in June. They remained in jail in Gwinnett with no contact with their children after prosecutors argued they might influence their testimony.
The criminal charges against her and husband Recardo Wimbush, came after allegations they imprisoned their oldest child now 14 in the basement of their Buford home as punishment. The state division of family and children services said the Wimbushes’ parenting is so depraved that they should lose custody of all their kids. The custody hearing was not part of the criminal charges.
So far no word on a sentencing date