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Charges dismissed against 2 charged with abuse of elderly man

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MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) Charges against a man and woman accused of abusing an elderly man have been dismissed.

According to Mercer County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John McGinnis, the charges against Patina Hypes and David Small were dropped because the victim passed away. McGinnis says the 82-year-old victim died of natural causes. Attorneys were prepared to go to trial, but with the recent turn of events, McGinnis says he wasn't in position to move forward with the case.

One of the accused, Patina Hypes, tells WVVA she wanted the case to go to trial. Hypes says she had a good relationship with the elderly man. 

Hypes and Small were accused of beating the elderly man with several objects while they were taking care of him; including pots and pans, a wooden spoon, and a belt.

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