Topeka councilman, wife, charged with abusing children

Johnathan and Allison Schumm (Phoot courtesy KSNT)

TOPEKA (KSNT) — On Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Children and Families requested assistance from the Topeka Police Department with regard to an investigation being conducted by their office surrounding allegations of physical abuse involving children.

The District Attorney’s Office was notified of the joint investigation being conducted by Topeka Police Detectives and social workers from the Department of Children and Families.

Johnathan Schumm (Photo courtesy KSNT)
Johnathan Schumm (Photo courtesy KSNT)
Allison Schumm (Photo courtesy KSNT)
Allison Schumm (Photo courtesy KSNT)

On November 4th, the joint investigation was completed and arrest warrants were obtained by the District Attorney’s Office. Those warrants were served for both Jonathan Robert Schumm, 34, and Allison Nicole Schumm, 32.

The Topeka Police Department has said they will not be releasing further details on the investigation and have directed all inquiries to the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office.

KSN’s sister station KSNT first became aware of Schumm’s case with the Department of Children and Families about two weeks ago through a Report!t news tip that said the Department of Children and Families had taken several foster children back into custody. We reached out to councilman Schumm and he told KSNT News that it was a personal matter that he did not want to address with us.

Because The Department of Children and Families would not confirm the news tip, we chose at that time not to report it.

Johnathan Schumm was elected to the City Council’s 4th District seat in April of this year, according to the city’s website.

He and his wife were honored in 2013 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, receiving the Angels in Adoption Award after being nominated by Kansas Senator Moran. Schumm also serves as a board member of the adoption advocacy group called Project Belong.

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