Georgia, June 26, 2014) On June 15, 2014, the Department of Family and Children Services
(DFCS) received an anonymous complaint regarding a 13 year old boy being
imprisoned in his family’s home. DFCS investigated the home at 1924
Pierce Way in Buford, Georgia, on June 16, 2014. Case workers discovered
the 13 year old boy was, in fact, being confined to a small room, which locked
from the outside. The room contained a box spring and mattress (no
bedding) and a large plastic jar, which was apparently used as a toilet.
The victim appeared to be in generally good health. The parents stated
the victim was confined for disciplinary reasons. The victim’s nine other
siblings were not confined and also appeared to be in generally good
health. There were no signs of malnourishment or physical abuse to the
victim or his siblings. DFCS required the lock to be removed from the
door and left the victim and his siblings in the custody of their parents.
deprivation hearing was held on June 19, 2014. The presiding judge placed
the victim and his nine siblings in DFCS custody. The Gwinnett County
Police Department (GCPD) was contacted following the hearing and began a
criminal investigation. A search warrant was executed at the home the
same day; detectives found the victim’s room largely unchanged. Two of
the walls were concrete and two were sheetrock (all painted blue); the floor
was hardwood. 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.
investigation revealed the following: The victim had been confined to the room
for most of the past two years and a lock had been added to the victim’s room
in January 2013. The victim had no access to books, toys, entertainment
devices, or his siblings. He was provided with food at normal meal times
and was occasionally let out to use the bathroom. He did not attend
school or any other activities during this time.
parents, Recardo Wimbush (B/M, 33 years old) and Therian Wimbush (B/F, 37 years
old), have each been charged with cruelty to children in the first degree and
false imprisonment. They are scheduled to turn themselves in on June 27,
2014. Aspects of this investigation are ongoing.