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Paulding parents in teen cruelty case denied bond

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PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -

A Paulding county couple accused of keeping their son locked in a room for years was denied bond by a judge on Friday.

Paul and Sheila Comer face child cruelty, false imprisonment and kidnapping charges. They were arrested in September after their emaciated 18-year-old son, Mitch, was found wandering near a Los Angeles bus station.

Defense attorneys say the Comers moved around for financial and business reasons, and conceded the Comers disciplined Mitch who they described as a troubled child.

The lead prosecutor told the judge all three of the Comers' children have profound psychological damage. The family's multiple addresses sent up a red flag.

"They're running from something. That's my take on it. There's something that, some reason they don't want to stay in one place," said District Attorney Dick Donovan of the Paulding Judicial Circuit. "They were visited by DFACS and within just a matter of a few days packed-upped and left for a different destination than they said."

Defense Attorney Scott Smith said they respected the judge's decision, and will "try the case in the courtroom and not the press."

Prosecutors said they reached out to Paul Comer's mother and sister, and both said they had not talked with him in years. It was learned he had $100,000 in his bank account. Prosecutors said he is a small appliance repairman.

A fundraiser for Mitch Comer, the alleged victim, will be held on Saturday. For more information visit facebook.com/events/468650973175549.

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