PRINCETON, W.Va. – Two Mercer County residents were being held in the Southern Regional Jail on $100,000 cash only bond for allegedly abusing an 82-year old man who was in their care.
State Police were contacted, earlier this week, when the victim was treated at Princeton Community Hospital for severe injuries to his left ear along with a black eye and busted lips.
When questioned, the man told troopers his caregivers were physically abusing him because he, on occasion, accidentally wets the bed. He claimed he’d been beaten with spoons, cooking pans and belts and, following the abuse, would be put into a shower where cold water was dumped on him.
The accused are Patina Hypes, 48, and David Small, 34.
They’re charged with abuse and neglect to an incapacitated adult and conspiracy to commit bodily injury.