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New pictures surface as elder abuse trial continues

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Today the jury saw more pictures showing the bruising on 68-year-old Caroline Thomas' body. She's the subject of an ongoing elder abuse trial.

Her daughter, Maria Wiggins and boyfriend Michael Nesmith, are facing charges for the abuse.
Thursday the State continued to call its witnesses to the stand, starting with a doctor who examined Thomas after emergency personnel brought her to the hospital

"She had a lot of bruising on her arms and her back that were in various stages of bruisng," said Dr. William Kolhoff, a physician at Candler Hospital.
He also testified that some of her medical issues may have been the result of dehydration and malnourishment.

We also heard from the investigating officer from Garden City PD, who testified that the bruising Thomas suffered came from abuse and not some other type of incident like a fall.

"To me, that's odd," said Sgt. Kurtis Purtee, as he referred to a picture of a bruise on the interior of Thomas' bicep. "If you have an injury there, that's indication of some sort of domestic violence. If you have a bruise there, it's because of hand gripping, pulling that sort of thing."

The investigator also testified about the harsh conditions at Thomas' home, citing roaches, animal feces and urine and also no food in the house.

Toward the end of the day, we heard from Thomas' other daughter, Darlene Seagroves, who testified that her sister, Maria Wiggins, wouldn't let her see her mother.

In an interview with WTOC, Seagroves said she had no way of preventing the abuse.

"If anyone ever suspects any type of elder abuse, report it. I was threatened and I was isolated from my mother for eight years," said Seagroves.
We also heard from a bank manager testifying about bank statements between Wiggins and her mother.

The trial will resume tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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