Lawyer: Teen’s stepfather to plead not guilty
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Sheila Comer is seen in an undated photo provided by the Paulding, Ga. County Sheriff's Office. Investigators were planning to search the Dallas, Ga., of Paul and Sheila Comer, a Georgia couple accused of child cruelty after an emaciated 18-year-old said he was kept there in isolation for years and then dumped by bus in Los Angeles. Mitch Comer told police his stepfather gave him $200 and a list of homeless shelters before he was put on a bus to Los Angeles on this 18th birthday, police in Los Angles said Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Stepfather Paul Comer and mother Sheila Comer faced charges of false imprisonment and cruelty to children, Paulding County jail records show. They were being held without bond. (AP Photo/Paulding County, Ga., Sheriff's Office)
Sheila Comer is seen in an undated photo provided by the Paulding, Ga. County Sheriff's Office. Investigators were planning to search the Dallas, Ga., of Paul and Sheila Comer, a Georgia couple accused of child cruelty after an emaciated 18-year-old said he was kept there in isolation for years and then dumped by bus in Los Angeles. Mitch Comer told police his stepfather gave him $200 and a list of homeless shelters before he was put on a bus to Los Angeles on this 18th birthday, police in Los Angles said Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Stepfather Paul Comer and mother Sheila Comer faced charges of false imprisonment and cruelty to children, Paulding County jail records show. They were being held without bond. (AP Photo/Paulding County, Ga., Sheriff's Office)
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Paul Matthew Comer is seen in an undated photo provided by the Paulding, Ga. County Sheriff's Office. Investigators were planning to search the Dallas, Ga., of Paul and Sheila Comer, a Georgia couple accused of child cruelty after an emaciated 18-year-old said he was kept there in isolation for years and then dumped by bus in Los Angeles. Mitch Comer told police his stepfather gave him $200 and a list of homeless shelters before he was put on a bus to Los Angeles on this 18th birthday, police in Los Angles said Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Stepfather Paul Comer and mother Sheila Comer faced charges of false imprisonment and cruelty to children, Paulding County jail records show. They were being held without bond. (AP Photo/Paulding County, Ga., Sheriff's Office)
Paul Matthew Comer is seen in an undated photo provided by the Paulding, Ga. County Sheriff's Office. Investigators were planning to search the Dallas, Ga., of Paul and Sheila Comer, a Georgia couple accused of child cruelty after an emaciated 18-year-old said he was kept there in isolation for years and then dumped by bus in Los Angeles. Mitch Comer told police his stepfather gave him $200 and a list of homeless shelters before he was put on a bus to Los Angeles on this 18th birthday, police in Los Angles said Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Stepfather Paul Comer and mother Sheila Comer faced charges of false imprisonment and cruelty to children, Paulding County jail records show. They were being held without bond. (AP Photo/Paulding County, Ga., Sheriff's Office)
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DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — A lawyer for a Georgia man accused of sending his emaciated teenage stepson to Los Angles says his client intends to plead not guilty.

Paul Comer’s attorney, W. Scott Smith, tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his client is cooperating with authorities. An Oct. 4 court hearing is set for Comer and his wife, Sheila Comer. They’re charged with false imprisonment and cruelty to children.

Authorities say 18-year-old Mitch Comer told police he was forced to kneel for hours at a time by his stepfather and mother, who are accused of confining the teen in a bedroom in their Paulding County home for years before the child was sent to Los Angeles.

Renee Rockwell, a lawyer for Sheila Comer, has said her client is also pleading not guilty to the charges.

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