Abused Teen Found at Calif. Bus Depot
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An emaciated Georgia boy told police he was forced to kneel for hours at a time by his stepfather and mother, who now face charges of child cruelty after allegedly confining the teen in a bedroom for years and then sending him by bus to L.A. (Sept. 21)

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[LOCATION: DALLAS, GA-SEPTEMBER 21, 2012] [SOURCE: AP] [NAT-BREAK]A LONG WAY FROM THIS SEEMINGLY NORMAL NEIGHBORHOOD OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA...A FRAIL AND CONFUSED 18 YEAR OLD MITCH COMER WAS DISCOVERED AT A BUS STATION IN LOS ANGELES...THE TEEN, WHO APPEARED ONLY ABOUT 12 YEARS OLD AND VERY CHILDLIKE, AS DESCRIBED BY POLICE, WEIGHED ONLY 87 POUNDS WITH TRANSLUCENT SKIN AND WAS IN NEED OF HELP...ON HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY HIS STEPFATHER ALLEGEDLY DROVE HIM TO A MISSISSIPPI BUS DEPOT, GAVE HIM 200 DOLLARS, TOLD HIM HE WAS NOW A MAN AND SENT HIM ON HIS WAY TO LOS ANGELES. [SOT: DION WALKER / NEIGHBOR]"VERY KIND OF SECRETIVE AND VERY DIFFERENT FROM EVERYONE ELSE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD."[NAT-BREAK]DION WALKER IS DESCRIBING HER NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR PAUL COMER, WHO WITH HIS WIFE SHEILA ARE NOW IN CUSTODY...CHARGED WITH FALSE IMPRISONMENT AND CRUELTY TO CHILDREN FOR KEEPING THEIR SON MITCH STASHED AWAY THIS INSIDE THIS HOUSE FOR YEARS, CONFINED TO A ROOM WITH LITTLE FOOD AND NO EDUCATION.POLICE SAY COMER'S TWO DAUGHTERS ...AGES 11 AND 13 WERE ALSO ABUSED ... NEIGHBORS' SAY THEY RARELY SAW THEM AND THOUGHT WERE YOUNGER BECAUSE OF HOW SMALL THEY APPEARED..[SOT: JOHN WHITE / NEIGHBOR]"TO ME THEY LOOKED TO BE 7 AND 9 YEARS OLD..THEN THE DETECTIVE TOLD ME THEY WERE 11 AND 13 AND IT WAS SHOCKING TO SEE A CHILD THAT SMALL FOR THAT AGE.."[NAT-BREAK][VOICE-OVER]NEIGHBORS HAD NO IDEA THAT THE COMERS' HAD A SON, NO ONE EVERY SAW HIM IN THE 4 YEARS THEY LIVED IN THE HOUSE...THE GIRLS DID NOT ATTEND SCHOOL [SOT: JOHN WHITE / NEIGHBOR]"THEY NEVER WENT TO SCHOOL AND AS MATTER OF FACT THEY ALMOST NEVER WENT OUTSIDE."[VOICE-OVER]AND THE FEW TIMES THAT NEIGHBOR DION WALKER DID SEE THE COMER GIRLS SHE LET HER 8 YEAR OLD PLAY WITH THEM..[SOT: DION WALKER / NEIGHBOR]"THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE THEIR BACKYARD...THEY LITERALLY HAD TO STAY IN THEIR BACKYARD AND DID NOT EVEN CORSS OVER INTO OUR LINE...AND THEY STARED A LOT AND SO I DON'T KNOW NOW WHETHER THEY WERE TRYING TO TELL US SOMETHING OR THEY WANTED TO COME OVER HERE BUT THEY JUST WANTED TO COME OVER HERE BUT THEY JUST USED TO STARE A LOT."[NAT-BREAK][VOICE-OVER]ON FRIDAY - TWO PATROL CARS GAURD THE HOUSE WHERE THE ALLEGED ABUSE TOOK PLACE, IN THE DRIVEWAY THE COMERS VEHICLES SIT...IN THE BACKYARD, A FEW CHAIRS STACKED UP AND THE BLINDS DRAWN SHUT...NEIGHBORS ARE STRUGGLING WITH WHAT IS ALLEGED TO HAVE GONE ON NEXT DOOR..[SOT: DION WALKER / NEIGHBOR]"I AM HAVING SOME FEELING OF GUILT, YOU KNOW, WISHING THAT I HAD SEEN SOMETHING OR HEARD SOMETHING.."[STAND-UP: ROBERT RAY / ASSOCIATED PRESS]"THIS WEEK MITCH COMER WAS FLOWN FROM LOS ANGELES BACK HERE TO THE STATE OF GEORGIA TO TAKE PART IN THE INVESTIGATION AND LEGAL PROCEEDINGS...AS FOR HIS TWO YOUNGER SISTERS, THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY THE COUNTY...ROBERT RAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, DALLAS, GEORGIA..."(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: ray-------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: ray---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: ap/Paulding County, Ga. for mugshots-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: mccall----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none----------------------------------MEDIA EMBARGO (S): none--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: g0451BC-US--Georgia-LA Teen Abuse, 10th Ld-Writeth