Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 10, 2014

Two in court for allegedly beating elderly man

BLUEFIELD — Two Princeton residents that allegedly beat an elderly man with various household objects appeared Friday in Mercer County Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing.

Patina Hypes, 49, and David Small, 35, both of Princeton, were arrested April 29 after allegedly beating 82-year-old Thomas Moore of Princeton.

Trooper First Class J.A. Cook of the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment testified Friday that Princeton Community Hospital contacted him about the blunt force trauma to Moore’s body.

Hypes and Small had brought Moore to the hospital after his ear had swollen to the size of a softball, according to Cook.

“His ear was extremely swollen and bleeding and he also had to have re-constructive surgery because the cartilage in his ear was so damaged,” Cook said.

“When I interviewed Mr. Moore, he stated that Mr. Small and Ms. Hypes took turns beating him with a belt, wooden spoon and also pots and pans for punishment when he wet the bed or would not go to sleep,” Cook said. “He also said, ‘Please don’t send me back home with them, they will beat me even more if they know you’re here talking to me.’ He was crying, shaking and extremely upset when I interviewed him.”

Hypes’s attorney David White asked for the charges to be dismissed, arguing there was not enough evidence to establish probable cause.

Magistrate Sandra Dorsey said she believed there to be enough probable cause and the case was bound over to the grand jury.

Small waved his time limit for a preliminary hearing. His attorney asked for a bond reduction which was denied by Dorsey.

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