Judge removes self from Wimbush child abuse case

Despite the fact that Therian Wimbush is suing Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Karen Beyers as part of a $500 million slander lawsuit, Wimbush wanted the judge to stay on her child cruelty case.

That's not going to happen. The judge recused herself from the case Tuesday, Channel 2 Action News reported. A new judge will be assigned to the case at a later date.

Wimbush and her husband, former Georgia Tech football standout Recardo Wimbush, are accused keeping their eldest son locked in a basement bedroom for nearly two years. They have been in jail since their arrest in June 2014.

The Wimbushes contend the boy was simply being disciplined according to their faith. The state has taken custody of their 10 children.

Therian Wimbush, who is serving as her own attorney, filed a lawsuit in June against Beyers and 12 other people connected to the case for allegedly slandering her family through malicious and disparaging statements. Two other judges and six Division of Family and Children Services employees are among those being sued.