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Recardo Wimbush, 33, and his 37-year-old wife, Therian, face criminal charges for allegedly locking their oldest child in a basement room for nearly two years.Gwinnett County Police Recardo Wimbush, 33, and his 37-year-old wife, Therian, face criminal charges for allegedly locking their oldest child in a basement room for nearly two years.



A former Georgia Tech football player, who briefly signed with the NFL, allegedly kept the oldest of his ten children locked in a tiny basement room for nearly two years — a sentence for stealing a family DVD player, authorities said.


Recardo Wimbush, 33, and his 37-year-old wife, Therian, were expected to surrender to Gwinnett County police on Friday after their 13-year-old son was set free from the makeshift prison, WSB-TV reported.


“The window had been painted over,” Police Cpl. Jake Smith told the news station about the deplorable conditions the child was forced to endure inside the Buford home.


“There was no light bulb outside. What was inside was a bucket that the child was using as a bathroom, a mattress and a box spring.”


Authorities found the teen on June 16, after they received a call from an anonymous tipster.


But it wasn’t until a court hearing three days later that a judge all the children be placed in the custody of the states’ Department of Family and Children Services.


Investigators later filed charges against the parents that included cruelty to children and false imprisonment.

Recardo Wimbush, 33, and his wife Therian, 37, were expected to surrender to authorities on Friday to face criminal charges for locking their oldest son in their basement for nearly two years. www.wimbushed.com


Recardo Wimbush, 33, and his wife Therian, 37, were expected to surrender to authorities on Friday to face criminal charges for locking their oldest son in their basement for nearly two years.

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Recardo Wimbush, 33, and his wife Therian, 37, were expected to surrender to authorities on Friday to face criminal charges for locking their oldest son in their basement for nearly two years. www.wimbushed.com


Recardo Wimbush, 33, and his wife Therian, 37, were expected to surrender to authorities on Friday to face criminal charges for locking their oldest son in their basement for nearly two years.

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Recardo Wimbush, 33, and his wife Therian, 37, were expected to surrender to authorities on Friday to face criminal charges for locking their oldest son in their basement for nearly two years.



Wimbush — who was a star defensive player with the Yellow Jackets from 1999-2002 — and his wife told police that they detained the child in the Atlanta suburb because he molested three of his younger siblings.


But investigators found no evidence to support the claim and none of the couple’s nine other children mentioned the alleged abuse, court papers show.


The imprisoned child, who was not identified, later told detectives that his parents first locked him in the cell in Jan. 2013 — when he stole a family DVD player and lied about it.

The couple allegedly kept their oldest child locked in a basement room of their Buford, Ga., home for nearly two years. WSB-TV The couple allegedly kept their oldest child locked in a basement room of their Buford, Ga., home for nearly two years. Enlarge
The 13-year-old boy told authorities he was rarely allowed outside the room since his parents locked him inside in Jan. 2013. WSB-TV The 13-year-old boy told authorities he was rarely allowed outside the room since his parents locked him inside in Jan. 2013. Enlarge


The couple allegedly kept their oldest child locked in a basement room of their Buford, Ga., home for nearly two years.



Police said the teen was fed at normal times, but was not allowed any contact with his siblings and had no access to books, toys or any entertainment devices.


He did not attend school and was never allowed outside the house, WMAZ-TV reported.


Investigators noted that they found no signs of physical abuse or malnourishment with any of the 10 children.

Recardo Wimbush (c.) was a star player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets between 1999 and 2000.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Recardo Wimbush (c.) was a star player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets between 1999 and 2000.


Wimbush signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent in 2003, but the team released him before the season started.


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