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Bond denied for parents accused of starving son Mitch Comer

11:55 AM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
Paul Matthew Comer and Sheila Marie Comer (Courtesy of Paulding County Sheriff)
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DALLAS, Ga. -- A judge denied bond Friday for the Paulding County parents accused of locking up their son and starving him.

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Paul and Sheila Comer have been charged with seven counts of first-degree cruelty to children, two counts of false imprisonment and a single count of kidnapping.

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Prosecutors say the couple took their son Mitch out school in the eighth grade, locked him up in his bedroom and starved him for years. Mitch told police that when he turned 18, Paul put him on a Greyhound bus to Los Angeles, gave him a list of homeless shelters and told him never come home.

Police said Mitch weighed only 87 pounds when he was found in L.A. and was so malnourished that he still had his baby teeth at age 18.

His parents have maintained their innocence. Their lawyers argue the two weren't abusing Mitch, but trying to discipline a troubled child. The attorneys tried to get the child cruelty charges thrown out.

Paul and Sheila have remained in jail since a grand jury passed down indictments in October.  

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