Madera Woman Pleads Not-Guilty in Elder Abuse Case

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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.

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