Judge denies bond to couple accused of locking son in basement - CBS46 News

Judge denies bond to couple accused of locking son in basement for two years

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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

A Gwinnett County Judge denied bond to a Buford couple accused of locking their son in the basement for two years. Recardo and Therian Wimbush have been charged with felony child cruelty and false imprisonment.

During a probable cause hearing Thursday, a Gwinnett County Police officer testified the Wimbush's son told investigators he was forced to live in the basement of his home because he touched the genitals of several of his siblings. Detective Felicia Churchill also testified the 13-year-old said he was forced to stay in the basement for good after he stole a DVD player and book from a sibling.

After the judge's ruling, Recardo Wimbush's attorney said his client was handing out tough love to a child in need of help.

"What you heard today was the child was disciplined because he had a tendency to be a sexual predator. The overall discipline was because the child began to exhibit patterns and behavior of being a sexual predator. This is a young child and the Wimbush's were trying to keep this child from being one of your prison inmates," said Dwight Thomas.

The Wimbush's other nine children are in custody of the state.

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