A Buford couple is facing charges of first degree cruelty to children and false imprisonment after their 13-year-old son was found confined in a small room in the family's Pierce Way home.
The child's nine other siblings were not confined and appeared to be in generally good health, he added.
"There were no signs of malnourishment or physical abuse to the victim or his siblings," Smith explained, "DFCS required the lock to be removed from the door and left the victim and his siblings in the custody of their parents."
During a June 19 deprivation hearing, a judge ruled the teen and his siblings should be placed in the custody of DFCS. The Gwinnett County Police Department was subsequently contacted and began a criminal investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant that same day and discovered the teen's room largely unchanged from the day of DFCS' initial investigation.
"Two of the walls were concrete and two were sheetrock (all painted blue); the floor was hardwood," Smith said. "A single fitted sheet had been added to the mattress. The room was clean, and like the rest of the house, was in good repair. The room was dark; there was no light bulb in the room’s light fixture. The room’s single window was painted white, which let in a small amount of light during daylight hours."
Police investigators determined the teen had been confined to the room for most of the past two years and had no access to books, toys, entertainment devices or his siblings. The teen was provided with food and occasionally let out to use the bathroom. During his confinement, he did not attend school or any other activities. The lock, according to police, was placed on the outside of the door in January 2013.
The parents, identified as Recardo and Therian Wimbush, are scheduled to turn themselves in on June 27. Each have been charged with first degree cruelty to children and false imprisonment.
The investigation is ongoing.
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