Paulding County couple charged with child abuse plead guilty - CBS46 News

Paulding County couple charged with child abuse plead guilty

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Paul and Sheila Comer Paul and Sheila Comer
PAULDING COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The Paulding County couple accused of abusing their son for years entered guilty pleas in court Thursday.

Paul and Sheila Comer are charged with child cruelty, false imprisonment and kidnapping.

The case came to light when their 18-year-old son, Mitch Comer, got off a bus in Los Angeles last September, appearing malnourished. A retired Los Angeles police officer noticed Mitch Comer and said he looked like he weighed 87 pounds.

Mitch Comer told police his parents starved him and kept him locked in a room for years. They also denied him medical help.

The state recommended Paul and Sheila Comer serve 15 years in prison and 30 years on probation. The judge accepted that recommendation.

"What we did is avoid putting Mitch and his two sisters through a two-week long trial which would have been emotionally draining for them," said Paulding County District Attorney Dick Donovan.

Mitch Comer's two sisters are in Division of Family and Children Service (DFCS) custody with a foster family.

"He is doing very well. He is at school, he has friends, activities and got a new bike for Christmas. He is living a reasonably normal life," said Donovan.

Donovan said, among other things, Mitch Comer and his sisters have post traumatic stress disorder because of the abuse by their parents.

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