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Elder abuse trial underway in Chatham County

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The trial is now underway involving what the Garden City police chief describes as, "one of the worst cases of elderly abuse he has ever seen." 

Investigators say Maria Wiggins and her boyfriend, Michael Nesmith, physically abused Wiggins' elderly, disabled mother by dragging her around the house and refusing to give her food. 

They say the two also stole the 68-year-old woman's social security money and prescription medication. 

Police were tipped-off to the abuse after the elderly woman arrived at a hospital with bruises. 

The victim was then placed in a nursing home to recover. 

Wiggins and Nesmith are facing charges of battery and elder abuse.

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