In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tony Wawrzynski said he hadn’t seen his son, now 18-year-old Mitch Comer, since the child was 3 years old and was taken away by his mother.
After learning from a detective that police believe Comer was abused for years in his suburban Atlanta home, Wawrzynski can’t hold back tears. He says he had no idea where the boy was since his girlfriend and the child left the Arizona home they shared 15 years ago.
A grand jury has indicted the teen’s stepfather, Paul, and mother, Sheila Comer, on charges of cruelty to children, false imprisonment and kidnapping. The couple once lived in Cherokee County and another child abuse complaint was filed against them in 2009. The case was closed after no evidence of abuse was found, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.
Wawrzynski, an engineer in Reno, Nev., told the Journal-Constitution that he is Mitch Comer’s biological father, and that a Paulding County investigator plans to have him undergo a DNA test to legally prove he is the child’s father.
“It’s been really hard on me, I mean, me and Mitch when he was a baby, we were really close,” Wawrzynski said. “We were inseparable. When Mitch was a baby, I was the one that fed him. I was the one that changed his diapers.”
Wawrzynski said he isn’t sure yet when he’ll have the opportunity to reunite with Mitch, who is in the care of a family in Paulding County. But he is eager for Mitch to learn how much he has been missed.