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Denise CombsDENVER, CO – A couple in Denver are facing child abuse charges after their 15-year-old son was discovered suffering from serious chemical burns to his groin.

A teacher concerned about one of their student’s prolonged absence from school called his home and spoke to his mother, 57-year-old Denise Combs. Denise informed the teacher that her son had not been to school since Nov.  20 because he had an accident with some Liquid Drano and suffered chemical burns to his groin, stomach, and legs.

She went on to say that her son had seen a doctor but she wasn’t sure when he would be well enough to return to school. Thinking something didn’t sound right about Denise’s explanation, the teacher called a child abuse hotline. A Denver Human Services official contacted police after the teacher relayed Denise’s story.

When police arrived at the teen’s home on Dec. 16, the boy’s father, 50-year-old Anthony Harrell, refused to let them in the house to check on the teen. However, he did escort the teen out of the house completely naked. According to the affidavit, police immediately saw burns and peeling scabs on the boy’s genitalia and that “the skin on the victim’s penis and scrotum was still black.”

Harrell explained that sometime before Thanksgiving, the boy poured Liquid Drano on the floor, pissed in the Drano and then sat in it. He said he and his wife tried treating the resulting third-degree chemical burns themselves, with a concoction of Solarcaine and Neosporin. The couple admitted they never got professional medical help for their son, even though the poor kid’s dick looked like it belonged on a corpse.

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A paramedic who treated the boy said that the teen’s injuries were not consistent with the couple’s lame explanation for how he got them. Both Denis Combs and Anthony Harrell were arrested and charged with felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

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  • Georgia Meyer

    Why does that sound like complete bullshit? I mean, if the kid sat in the Draino on his own, why would YOU NOT take him? I think they used it as some weird punishment because they are sick assholes. Hope they never see the light of day, or that poor child again.

  • Kelly

    What? I don’t even? If your son did something incredibly stupid albeit embarrassing, how is it that you just don’t bother taking him to the doctor. Hell, that’s some 911 shit right there. Obviously, these folks are abusing him or it wouldn’t have been an issue. Probably caught the poor kid beating his meat and boom chemical burns for you. I wonder if he was special needs? Why was he completely naked? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

  • Miss Monday

    What the fuck kind of explanation is that ?
    I can’t really see someone emptying out a can of drano, pissing into the puddle and then sitting in it unless they have some developmental issue, but nothing was mentioned so what the fuckkkkkk mannnnnn.

  • Miss Monday

    yeah I agree what the hell

  • Georgia Meyer

    Exactly what I was thinking. He was probably doing what naturally occurs for boys at fifteen. I did also contemplate he was possibly special needs. So sad.

  • Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak

    My five year old can come up with a better excuse when I ask her why she isn’t cleaning her room. This reeks of horse shit and I hope the truth comes out.

  • WTH!!!! I call bullshit on the excuse

  • Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak

    Sounds like they forced him to sit in it through verbal or possibly physical means. The older I get and the more this type of abuse is reported the more I realize that people (term used loosely) are capable of anything.

  • Evan

    i’d pay top dollar to blast someone like these parents in the face.

  • Beka1991

    Great parents.

  • Taxidermi

    You can’t go inside the house…but send your more than likely embarrassed child outside butt naked?

    WITHOUT the burns or anything else…that ALONE is fucked up to me…clearly something ‘worth’ hiding in your house.

    Poor kid probably got chemical burns from mommy and daddy’s meth lab.

    ‘the boy poured Liquid Drano on the floor, pissed in the Drano and then sat in it’
    …. that is the most OBSURD ridiculous excuse ever..

  • Taxidermi

    I’m sure their meth lab with blow them both up, don’t waste your efforts.

  • Vesper B

    Wait. I’m confused. The kid actually *sat* on Drano? Willingly?

    Bullshit. I’ve seen the results of someone having Drano forced down their throats. The kid vomited the Drano and it splashed on her face. The chemical burns were horrendous.

    I’m willing to be the kid had an “accident” and these dumbasses decided to teach him a lesson. I can’t imagine the pain the kid had to endure.

  • thebossessecretary

    Yeah, sounds like someone’s got an active lab up and running. They must live in a civilized location where the cops actually listen to “No, you can’t come in.” Where I live that’s an invitation for an impromptu SWAT team practice.

  • Eliza Berntsen

    If it smells like bullshit, sounds like bullshit, looks like bullshit it’s bullshit.

  • Buffettgirl

    I’m just gonna say it – child abuse. No normal 15 year old boy would do this shit. These asshole “parents” need someone investigating them and their bullshit story ASAP!

  • Heather_Habilatory

    He probably can’t stand clothes on his burns.

  • FrikkenFrak

    Sort of related….here in NY, there is no keeping CPS from being allowed to enter to see a suspected abuse case. Too bad it took horrific abuse to get it passed.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    These fucked up shitheads need to be taken off the planet. Death, launched to Mars in a hot air balloon, don’t much care how.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Black? Took the 15 year old to the door naked? What the fuck was going on in that house? What did they tell friends and family at Thanksgiving?

    When I was 15 years old there was no way I was going to be naked in front of my parents much less likely to go to the front door naked. There is something fucked up in that house that has been going on for a long time and this kid is in a state of serious negative conditioning.

  • JohnQknowitall

    If he actually did this to himself, then this goes beyond stupid and calls for some serious psychotherapy on top of immediate treatment to his body! What kind of fuckers would allow this injury to go untreated even if they caused the injury?

  • JohnQknowitall

    Would you go to the front door naked at 15yo? I don’t care how painful it is, I would have grabbed a sheet to cover my body.

    What kind of people put there naked children on display?

  • Lena60

    ahhh that just makes me sick to my stomache. That poor kid. thses two lying asshats could not bring themselves to take him to the hospital?Why because they are guilty and did not want to get into trouble? fuck them.

  • Taxidermi

    I find it so hard to believe that the police didn’t return 2 seconds later with a search warrant. This child is clearly suffering from abuse, the “parents” are lying shitheads and aren’t cooperating- clear indications to go back and see why, right?

  • Twisted1

    When my dad was a kid his dumb butt thought draino was toilet cleaner and cleaned the seat with it. My aunt went in shortly after and sat on the seat. She still has a ring around her bootie to this day and she is sixty years old. I have never asked for proof of this story and just take her word for it. She said the pain was the worst thing she has ever endured.

  • Jessie

    Right? Their explanation made him sound like a 2 year old. I had to go back and re-read his age to make sure.

  • And you see the mom is her photo.. Obviously has the sense it takes to do her hair, put on her make-up, and coordinate her outfit. So how the fuck is it that you don’t have sense to take your son to the hospital? Especially if this was actually something he did to himself. Of course it all sounds like bullshit. I am also wondering about this 15 yr old’s mental health., To suffer through that means either, having being abused and controlled his whole life, or not having the mental capabilities, to find some way to call for help. Especially with such severe injuries. Poor kid.
    I think this bitch (the mom in her looks like a Realtor glamour shot) and the idiot fucking dad should just have to sit around in some Drano until terminated.

  • Defafan

    Probably another case of her pedophile husband abusing her son and her turning her fat ugly face the other way. Sick and twisted people. That poor boy, thank goodness for the teacher’s good sense.

  • Defafan

    Meth House.

  • Vesper B

    Jessie, I was thinking that the kid might be highly autistic, he had an accident and the parents decided to punish him? Not sure. I know the article didn’t mention it, but it’s a thought

  • t3chsupp0rt

    While I was reading it, I was thinking maybe he tried some Nair and left it on for a little bit too long.

  • Vesper B

    My not so brilliant mother listened to an idiot cashier at a local hardware store when the idiot told her to place a drain-clearing solution to a clogged toilet. I know it wasn’t Drano (the solution was bright red) but it heated up the water! I thought the toilet was going to explode.

    Not so smart mom decided to then use a plastic bucket to remove the mixture. Needless to say, she got a scolding, I got a metal bucket and prayed not to receive burns. The idiot at the hardware store got a scolding from me and her manager. That was pretty awesome.

  • Jessie

    Ahhh ok. That would be the only way to EXPLAIN their EXPLANATION!

  • Vesper B

    Here’s another explanation: say his parents came up to him during “happy time” and wanted to punish him. Not something we would do, but there are some nutty people out there!

  • Vesper B

    Oh God. I’d not heard of Laura Cummings. I thought you were referring to Lisa Steinberg.

    I’m afraid to look more into Laura’s case

  • Baby Blues

    geeze according to posts on an article, this boy is indeed disabled somehow. These assholes need to experience the same level of pain and care that child did. GRRRRRR

  • moplette

    15 and disabled, I am thinking punishment for either sexual activity or bladder problems. Something about mom’s eyes looks off to me like maybe it was her genes that nerfed him.

  • The Laura Cummings case is from my neck of the woods. I remember the local TV stations interviewing these asshats; they all looked like inbred trailer trash.

  • I’m sorry for laughing “but” (tee hee), I laughed 🙂

  • FrikkenFrak

    I know, right? Trash to the 9’s.

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  • Heather_Habilatory

    Is that supposed to offend me? Because, it was pretty spectacularly not offensive.