TOPEKA (KSNT) – Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor Wednesday asked a district court judge to order the suspension of Topeka City Councilman Jonathan Schumm, citing violence against a child for the action.
In papers filed with the court just before the Thanksgiving holiday, and confirmed by senior assistant district attorney Todd Hiatt, Schumm is accused of strangling his 12-year old son and threatening to “kill him”. The documents also allege the strangling followed a beating in which Schumm allegedly struck his son with a leather belt, lacerating his eye and hand.
In concluding it’s request “…the State requests the Court find that good cause exists to suspend Jonathan Schumm from his position as a Councilmember for the City of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, pending a finalhearing and determination of this cause of action and order that Jonathan Schumm e suspended from office forthwith.”
Taylor filed the civil application for suspension of Schumm, the first step in removing Schumm from the city council seat he won in April..
The 34-year old Schumm and his 32-year old wife Allison Nicole Schumm were charged November 19th with one count each of aggravated battery and as alternative abuse of a child. That could include torture or cruelly beating a child younger than 19.
The incident involving his son allegedly occurred between October 7th and October 11th. The two were also charged with four counts of endangering a child which allegedly happened on October 31st.
The Schumms have 16 children, including four who are their biological children, two who are in foster care and 10 who are adopted. As of January 2015, the children ranged in age from 3 weeks to 19 years old. The Department for Children and Families removed the children from the home several days prior to their arrest.
The aggravated battery or alternative abuse count stemmed from incidents between Oct. 7 and Oct. 11, a jail official said, while the four child endangerment incidents happened Oct. 31.
Schumm and his wife have been out on bail since a November 20th court appearance.
Their next scheduled hearing is December 11th before Shawnee County Judge Franklin Theis.