DENVER, 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.
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.