Topeka councilman, wife, charged with abusing children

A Topeka City Council member and his wife each has been charged with one felony count and four misdemeanor counts accusing them of abusing some of the 16 children in their care.

The Shawnee County prosecutor’s office says 34-year-old Jonathan Robert Schumm and 32-year-old Allison Schumm were charged on Thursday with aggravated battery or, in the alternative, abuse of a child.

Prosecutor’s spokesman Lee McGowan says the battery charge is a lower-level felony than the abuse count.

The two also are charged with four misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

They made their first court appearance on Friday in Shawnee County District Court, where Jonathan Schumm was appointed counsel from the public defender’s office.

McGowan says the two were still in custody as of early Friday afternoon.