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Court hears from woman who claimed abuse

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Maria Wiggins and Michael Nesmith Maria Wiggins and Michael Nesmith

Court proceedings continue in the trial of a couple charged with an elder abuse.

Maria Wiggins and her boyfriend Michael Nesmith are accused of abusing Wiggins mother.

This afternoon, the court heard from several medical experts, including EMTs and nurses, who witnessed Thomas' physical condition the day emergency personnel was called out to the home.

For the first time the court heard from 69-year-old Caroline Thomas in a prerecorded deposition. She said she endured abuse in June 2012. She also testified about the neglect for her medical needs and the physical abuse she says she endured by Nesmith and her own daughter.

Thomas was asked: Did you ask him specifically to stop dragging you?

"I said please don't hurt me because he hurt me. You know in my feet and in my legs and all over my body and I wanted to go to the hospital," Thomas testified.

The first witness to take the stand was a Garden City police officer who testified about the condition of Thomas' when the abuse was reported.

The defense is trying to prove that the defendants took care of the victim out of the kindness of their hearts and that it was her multitude of illnesses were the cause of her misery, and not criminal actions.

Court will resume tomorrow starting at 8 a.m.

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