Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Court Records: Topeka Councilman Jonathan Schumm Beat, Choked His Child; D.A. Asking Court to Remove Him from Office

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Court Records: Topeka Councilman Jonathan Schumm Beat, Choked His Child; D.A. Asking Court to Remove Him from Office

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Topeka City Councilman Jonathan Robert Schumm is accused of choking a 12-year-old son and threatening to "kill him" the next time, Shawnee County District Court records said Wednesday.

The choking followed a beating in which Schumm allegedly struck his son with a belt that lacerated his eye and hand, the court record said.

Citing the violence, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor and senior assistant district attorney Todd Hiatt filed a civil action on Tuesday seeking to first suspend Schumm as a city councilman, then oust him from office.

Schumm, who was elected as a city councilman in April and who represents a southeast Topeka district, was issued a summons in the civil action Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Taylor declined to comment on the Schumm suspension and ouster case.

Topeka attorney Tom Lemon said he was representing Schumm in the ouster and criminal cases.

"I am not able to comment," said Lemon, who entered his appearance as Schumm's attorney Tuesday.

The civil action was filed shortly after 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, and a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11 before Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis.

At that hearing, Schumm can make any defense and have a full hearing on the charges in the application for suspension and the petition to oust him, court records said.

On Nov. 19, Schumm, 34, and his wife, Allison Nicole Schumm, 32, were charged with one count each of aggravated battery and, as an alternative, abuse of a child (torture or cruelly beating a child younger than 18), which is alleged to have occurred between Oct. 7 and Oct. 11, and four counts of endangering a child, which is alleged to have occurred Oct. 31.

In this case, aggravated battery is defined as knowingly using a weapon to cause great bodily harm, disfigurement or death.

Allison Schumm is charged in the criminal case with aiding Jonathan Schumm.

Jonathan and Allison Schumm, who have 16 children ranging from about 1 year old to about 20 years old -- of whom four are biological, two are in foster care and 10 are adopted -- were arrested and charged on Nov. …

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