Parents accused of abusing their son denied bond

9:15 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
  • Paul Matthew Comer and Sheila Marie Comer (Courtesy of Paulding County Sheriff)
    
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DALLAS, Ga. -- The parents of a Paulding county teen accused of confining their son to a dark room for years are now the ones in solitary confinement.

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On Friday, defense attorneys for Paul and Sheila Comer told the judge the jail had to keep them isolated, to protect them from the general population.

It was just one in a long list of reasons attorney Scott Smith said the couple should be released from jail on bond. The Comer's offered to wear ankle monitors and limit their travel to work.

Smith also argued he needed them free to help research their case. The two contend they were only reacting to their son Mitch's behavioral problems and that they can get the documents to prove it.

But the district attorney's office argued the two led gypsy lives and would skip town or try to tamper with evidence if given the chance. The couple's two daughters remain in protective custody and will provide prosecutors with a first-hand account of how their brother was treated. Prosecutors told Judge Beavers, the girls were told Mitch was evil and had no soul.

Paul and Sheila Comer don't deny they've moved a lot. 11Alive counted 18 times since the couple met working at an Arizona call center.

Defense attorneys said the moves were necessary to meet the needs of their growing family and help build Paul's appliance repair business. But prosecutors argued the moves, at least in recent years, were an effort to hide the abuse inflicted on their son Mitch.

"They were visited by DFCS and in just a matter of a few days packed and left for a different destination than they said. They said they were going to Wisconsin, instead they went to Arizona," said Paulding Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dick Donovan.

After nearly an hour of discussion, Superior court judge Tonny Beavers only needed a minute to make his decision, denying the couple bond.

The judge did agree to let Paul Comer move to the Cobb county jail as requested so he could be taken out of solitary confinement.

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