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UPDATE: Pair arrested for allegedly beating elderly man in their care

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David Small David Small
Patina Hypes Patina Hypes
PRINCETON (WVVA) - A Mercer County pair has been arrested after allegedly beating an elderly man in their care with various household objects.

David Small, 34, and Patina Hypes, 48 -- both of Princeton were arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of abuse/neglect of an incapacitated adult and conspiracy to inflict injury to a person.

Trooper J.A. Cook  says the victim, 82-year-old Thomas Moore of Auto Lane in Princeton, was taken to the hospital late Tuesday night suffering from injuries including a severe ear injury, black eye, busted lip and a bruised hand.

The victim told investigators that he had been beaten by the two suspects -- who were his caregivers -- with several objects including a wooden spoon, belt, pots and pans.

The elderly victim told police the abuse was punishment for his incontinence and had been occurring for approximately two weeks.

Small and Hypes are both being held on $100,000 bond each.

Moore remained hospitalized as of Thursday afternoon.


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