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Man accused of selling wife’s painkillers, mistreating her

April 2, 2018

DAVID CITY, Neb. (AP) — Court records say a David City man has been accused of mistreating his ailing wife and selling her painkillers.

Fifty-year-old Robert Smith is charged with felony abuse of a vulnerable adult. Smith’s attorney, Bryan Meismer, said Monday that it was too early in the legal process to make any statement.

The records say Smith’s wife has cerebral palsy and other ailments. She told a sheriff’s deputy last month that her husband had dumped her out of her wheelchair and had pushed it while her feet dragged on the floor, injuring her. She also says he’s withheld food and water so she wouldn’t have to use a bathroom.

The investigator says Smith acknowledged the mistreatment and says he’s been selling her opioid painkiller pills for $120 a month for three or four years to an Omaha woman.

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