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First Day in Court for Local Couple Charged with Felony Child Abuse

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

A 12-year old boy was beaten, starved and forced to wear a diaper at the age of 12, according to prosecutors in their opening statements on the first day of trial for a Corpus Christi couple Tuesday.

A 34-year old man and his 29-year old girlfriend were arrested last May after man's 12-year old son told police he had been abused.

The boy's aunt testified that she spotted bruises on his body and that he appeared malnourished. Once examined by doctors at Driscoll Children's Hospital, the aunt testified that they saw evidence of abuse.

If found guilty of felony child abuse, the couple could face up to life in prison.