The lawyer for a mother accused of locking her son in a room for years, giving him little food and water, said her client is not guilty and that the teen fabricated a tale of abuse.
"She's standing by her not guilty plea. She is innocent," said Sheila Comer's attorney, Renee Rockwell.
When asked if the Comers kept her son Mitch, 18, locked in a room at the family's home in Dallas, Georgia, with little food and water, cut off from the outside, Rockwell answered, "Absolutely not. They did not do that."
Two investigators with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, however, testified that Sheila Comer's husband, Paul Comer, the teen's stepfather, confessed to brutally punishing the teen for years.
Paul Comer "admitted to everything," Sgt. Kyle Shelton said at a probable cause hearing for the couple Thursday at the Paulding County Courthouse.
Authorities said the couple locked Mitch Comer in a room under horrible conditions and brutally punished him for years. One of those punishments allegedly involved forcing Mitch Comer to kneel for hours with his head against the wall.
Shelton, an investigator with the crimes against children unit, testified that Mitch Comer said he was confined to a bathroom for a year.
"This house was a wreck," he said. "It was horrible. But this bathroom was clean enough to eat off the floor. And Mitch said that's all I had to do was clean."
The boy said that before being confined to the bathroom, he was locked in a bedroom.
"They made this child sleep on this mattress for a year," said Shelton. "There was nothing else in the room besides his own urine."
Authorities in Los Angeles found Mitch Comer wandering around a bus depot in September after the teen's stepfather allegedly put him on a bus in Jackson, MS.
Shelton also testified that the Comers prevented Mitch from having any contact with his two younger sisters or even seeing them for years.
"He doesn't know his sisters. They don't know him," said Shelton.
Shelton said, however, his sisters could hear their brother's screams.
Detective Kevin Morgan, also with the crimes against children unit, told the court that Mitch Comer appeared to be 12 years old when authorities found him in Los Angeles. Officers said Mitch only weighed 87 pounds.
"He wouldn't get fed much," Morgan testified. "He had to beg for food."
Mitch Comer's skin was "translucent. You could see his veins through his skin. He hadn't seen sunlight in years," Morgan said.
"Both of them conceded that was his life. He lived that way for years," Morgan said.
Morgan also told the court that Mitch Comer's sisters appeared to be undernourished as well. The girls are 11 and 13 years old. Morgan said they looked like they were 8 and 10.
The girls are in the custody of the Department of Families and Children. Mitch Comer is staying with a local family. Officers said he has gained at least 10 pounds.
Rockwell, the attorney for Sheila Comer, told CBS Atlanta News that there's no good proof of abuse.
"If you have it, bring it," she said. "Show us the chisel marks. Show us the spot where he was kicking on the door or scratching on the wall."
The Comer's next scheduled court date is Oct. 25.
Copyright 2012 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:53:59 GMT
An Aiken County man is in the hospital after being hit by a car in an alleged domestic dispute.The Aiken County Sheriff's Office received a call just after 7:30pm Thursday evening about a pedestrian beingMore >>
An Aiken County man is in the hospital after being hit by a car in an alleged domestic dispute.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:03 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:03:57 GMT
President Obama addressed the nation with the counter-terrorism policy which includes the controversial plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. FOX54 has the exclusive interview with a former military defenseMore >>
President Obama addressed the nation with the counter-terrorism policy which includes the controversial plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. FOX54 has the exclusive interview with a former military defense attorney who represented one of the GTMO prisoners. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:38:55 GMT
For 12 years Denise Glasford's sister fought in the Army, but died last year on Memorial Day. "Thinking about her and wishing she was still here with us," Glasford said. "It's been a tough year for the family." GlasfordMore >>
Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 3:16 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:16:52 GMT
Ryan David Jones/Source: RCSO
Friends and neighbors now say the Jones Family, Edna, Roosevelt, and Russell, are the victims of a suspected triple homicide in South Augusta.The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigatingMore >>
The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:10 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:10:07 GMT
The images we're seeing in Oklahoma having a heavy impact on viewers around the country and here in the CSRA. Lindsay Findley says she was heartbroken when she found out about it. "It's just so sad toMore >>
Thirty disaster relief volunteers and vehicles have been sent to Oklahoma; three of them from the Palmetto region. And at any moment, volunteers with the Aiken chapter could be deployed.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:34:56 GMT
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it. The parking limit downtown has beenMore >>
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:40 GMT
A vigil for the family members killed in a suspected triple homicide was held at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelical Church Wednesday night. The vigil for Roosevelt Jones, Edna Jones and their son Russell JonesMore >>
A vigil for the family members killed in a suspected triple homicide was held at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelical Church Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:42 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:42:44 GMT
It's been two days since a tornado ripped through Moore, Ok nearly destroying the town along with two schools; now one local school is re-evaluating their safety plans. Even though it's the last weekMore >>
It's been two days since a tornado ripped through Moore, Ok nearly destroying the town along with two schools; now one local school is re-evaluating their safety plans. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:39:09 GMT
Mobility, the company that runs Augusta's Public Transit, is now suing the city after the Richmond County Commission voted to terminate their five year contract. Mobility's attorney Robert Mullins toldMore >>
Mobility, the company that runs Augusta's Public Transit, is now suing the city after the Richmond County Commission voted to terminate their five year contract.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:53:51 GMT
Family, friends and fellow officers said goodbye to Deputy Alton Creech Tuesday morning. A funeral was held at First Baptist Church on Walton Way. Deputy Creech crashed his motorcycle on I-20, lastMore >>
Hundreds attend the funeral of Deputy Allen Creech.More >>