91-year-old /*Maria Lopez*/ weighed just 35-pounds when she was found dead in her home in December.
Now her caretaker and great-niece, /*Stephanie Hernandez*/, is facing several charges ... Including involuntary manslaughter and elder abuse.
Family members attended Hernandez's first court hearing, but cameras were not allowed inside the courtroom. Relatives said Lopez was a kind woman, and they are shocked by how she died.
Hernandez is scheduled to be back in court next week. Her bail remains at $110-thousand dollars.