Couple in abuse case were investigated in 2009
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CANTON — A Georgia couple who authorities say locked their teenage son in a bedroom for years before putting him on a bus to Los Angeles had previously been investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office for abuse.

A Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office report says state Department of Family and Children’s Services workers alerted them to a report about Paul and Sheila Comer in February 2009.

The case was closed after no evidence of abuse was found, said Maj. Ron Hunton, head of criminal investigations for the Sheriff’s Office.

The incident report says the couple’s son claimed his parents made him get on his knees and rest his head against a wall with his hands behind him for hours at a time. The son’s name was redacted from the report.

The son also said the father spanked him with a belt for no reason, according to the sheriff’s office report.

“This was a DFACS referral back in ’09 and our detective worked with the agency on the case,” Hunton told the Tribune. “DFACS investigated and closed their case. There was no evidence to support that any criminal acts had occurred.”

The Comers were arrested last week and accused of abusing their 18-year-old son, who weighed 87 pounds when he was found in Los Angeles.

Hunton said after the arrest was made he searched his agency’s records and located the report.

He then notified Paulding County authorities of the connection to the case.

“We contacted the Paulding County officers and let them know that we had investigated. That is routine,” Hunton said.

The Cromers at the time lived in the 900 block of Mill Creek Avenue in Canton, according to the report.
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