Kansas Councilman & Wife Accused Of Child Abuse

TOPEKA, Kansas  –  A Kansas city councilman and his wife were arrested on Nov. 19 on allegations of child abuse.

Jonathan and Allison Schumm, both of Topeka, are each charged with aggravated battery and abuse of a child, as well as four counts of endangering a child.  They were released on bond they day after their arrests and neither is allowed contact with any of their 16 children, 12 of whom are adopted.

Court documents list five children as victims, all between the ages of five and 16.  At least one child, a 12-year-old was allegedly tortured, or cruelly beaten by the Schumm’s, according to court documents.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families has not confirmed if or how many children were taken from the Schumm’s.

The Department of Children and Families first asked Topeka police on Nov. 4 for help investigating reports of physical abuse against the Schumm’s children, according to city officials.

This is Schumm’s first term on Topeka City Council.  He was elected to represent the 4th District, which is in the southeast corner of the city, last April.

In 2013, the couple received a national “Angels in Adoption Award.”

Newborn Found In NY Church Nativity Scene

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Nov. 23, 2015: An abandoned baby was found in the manger at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, Queens.

A newborn baby who still had his umbilical cord attached was found in a nativity scene at a Queens church on Monday.

The infant was abandoned at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill and was discovered by a custodian around noon, according to police sources.

“The baby was found in the creche, a sort of manger scene where we would put the baby Jesus during Christmastime,” recalled the Rev. Christopher Heanue.

“The church is considered a safe haven for dropoffs,” he explained Tuesday.  “The baby was brand new.  He still had the umbilical cord attached.  It’s a beautiful baby boy.”

The child was later taken to Jamaica Hospital, sources said.

Surveillance video from Holy Child shows a woman walking inside with a baby in her arms and then shows her leaving without it.

The custodian who found the child left the church for about an hour and had heard him crying when he returned, according to sources.

“There are families within the parish who have inquired as to adopting the baby already,” Heanue said.  “They feel that he was left in the parish and should stay in the parish.”