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State Police Say Caregivers Arrested In Elderly Abuse Case

Reported: May. 2, 2014 4:02 PM EDT
Updated: May. 2, 2014 4:19 PM EDT
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PRINCETON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – State Police said two caregivers were arrested in Mercer County after they allegedly beat an elderly man with spoons, cooking pans and belts because he wet the bed occasionally.

David Small, 34, and Patina Hypes, 48, were arrested on charges of abuse and neglect to an incapacitated adult and conspiracy to commit bodily injury, according to a news release from State Police.

A trooper was contacted April 29 about an 82-year-old man who had been physically abused. The victim had severe injuries to his left ear, a black eye and busted lips.

State Police said the victim reported that the caregivers began abusing him because he wet the bed occasionally. The man said after they beat him with objects, the caregivers put him in the shower and dumped cold water over his body.

Small and Hypes were arraigned in Mercer County Magistrate Court and were lodged in the Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

-- West Virginia Regional Jail Photos



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