Maria Daphne Wiggins & Michael Victor Nessmith

Maria Wiggins and Michael Nessmith
Crimes: Elder Abuse, Exploitation

Caroline Louise Thomas of Garden City, Georgia, had been a hardworking woman for a huge chunk of her life. She worked as a seamstress and a hairdresser. For a time, she owned and operated a hair salon, Styles & Cut Ups, in Savannah.

Caroline Thomas also raised a family. That’s really hard work, and too often thankless. She loved her children but one of them, Maria Daphne Wiggins, didn’t love her back.

Now, Cleo, you’re probably thinking, that’s really harsh. How do you know Maria Daphne Wiggins didn’t love her mom?

To which I respond, love is not what you say, it’s what you do. You can tell anyone you love them and be lying through your teeth. But if you treat someone consistently with love and caring, that’s the real thing.

I wish everyone understood that. Too many people stay in horrible relationships because their partners say they love them, and they want so desperately to believe them. But saying the words is easy — it doesn’t cost anything but the air in their lungs. Demonstrating love is work and sacrifice.

Love doesn’t involve inflicting needless pain. It doesn’t involve belittling or cruelty. And that’s how I know Maria Daphne Wiggins didn’t love her mom.

Caroline Thomas wasn’t a healthy person when she got older. That’s probably why, in 2012, she thought it would be a good idea to let her daughter move into her Dean Forest Road home. The younger woman wasn’t employed, and Caroline Thomas needed a caregiver. It would have been a perfect solution for both — if only Maria Daphne Wiggins loved her mom.

It turned out that not only did the daughter move in, but she invited her convicted offender boyfriend, Michael Victor Nesmith, to move in too. Caroline Thomas was now outnumbered in her own home, and being unwell there wasn’t much she could do about it.

Not surprisingly, Maria Daphne Wiggins and Michael Victor Nesmith took over the house. Neither of them had jobs, so they had to find money somewhere, somehow. They first of all kept away other family members so Caroline Thomas was at their mercy. Too bad they had no mercy in their hellbeastly souls.

To control the older woman, Maria Daphne Wiggins and Michael Victor Nesmith kept her in her bedroom. They sadistically removed the air conditioning window unit and boarded the windows up, making the room stifling hot. And in case poor Caroline Thomas was feeling the least bit comfortable, they took her bed away and made her sleep on the floor or on a dirty, soiled mattress that sat on cinder blocks. She had no pillows, of course.

The room was soon infested with cockroaches and assorted other bugs, and feces began to pile up. Maria Daphne Wiggins and Michael Victor Nesmith didn’t care because they didn’t have to live in that shit.

Maria Daphne Wiggins stole all the money from her mother’s bank accounts. She sold her mother’s precious belongings. When Caroline Thomas’ Social Security checks arrived, she spent all that money on herself and her boyfriend.

And then the hellbitch got dangerous. As if living through the summer heat in Georgia without air conditioning wasn’t bad enough, as if having to share space with cockroaches and feces wasn’t bad enough, as if having all her money and valuables stolen wasn’t bad enough, life got worse for poor Caroline Thomas.

Maria Daphne Wiggins and Michael Victor Nesmith decided to deprive the older woman of food, water and her medications for days on end. They even padlocked the refrigerators in the house to ensure Caroline Thomas couldn’t somehow access something to eat.

And then Maria the putrid pus pile Wiggins and Michael the rancid rat shit Nesmith began to physically abuse Caroline Thomas.

I don’t know who called EMS on June 26, 2012. There were reportedly 4 people living in the house besides Caroline Thomas, but I can’t find out who the 2 extra lodgers were. I’m thinking it was likely one of them who called for medical assistance for the poor old dear. Thank gawd somebody did.

When EMS arrived, Caroline Thomas told them of the horrible cruelty and abuse she’d been subjected to. She begged to be rescued. She was immediately taken to hospital and the Garden City police were called in.

Maria Daphne Wiggins and Michael Victor Nesmith found themselves in trouble with the law. They were charged with cruelty and exploitation of an elderly person. Their trial was held in February 2014 in Chatham County Superior Court.

On February 8, 2014, the jury found Maria Daphne Wiggins, 48, and Michael Victor Nesmith, 52, guilty of cruelty to a person 65 years of age or older and exploitation of an elderly person.

The forewoman of the jury said, “I was just floored when I saw some of the pictures. I just couldn’t believe a child could do that to her mother.”

On February 20, 2014, Maria Daphne Wiggins was sentenced by Superior Court Judge James Bass Jr. to 20 years in prison, but only 6 years to serve, for the cruelty.

Michael Victor Nessmith received the same sentence, but with 8 years to serve. Because he’s a repeat offender he won’t be paroled before the sentence expires.

Both hellbeasts were also sentenced to an additional 5 years for the exploitation, but that will be served concurrently.

Caroline Louise Thomas died on May 27, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Prior to that she had been living in Westview Nursing Home. The poor woman was too traumatized and too ill to ever return to her Garden City home of 30 years. She was 70 years old when she passed away.

It makes me so sad to think how the victim was horribly abused by the daughter she loved and trusted. Caroline Thomas worked for and deserved a nice retirement in her own home. Instead she was put through hell. I daresay her lifespan was probably shortened by the sadistic treatment she was made to endure.

I wish nothing less than hell upon Maria Daphne Wiggins and Michael Victor Nessmith. I wish that they receive the exact same love and care throughout the rest of their worthless lives that they showed their victim.

RIP, Caroline Louise Thomas. I extend my sympathies to those who truly loved her.

Savannah Now article article news article
Marietta Daily Journal article

22 Responses to Maria Daphne Wiggins & Michael Victor Nessmith

  1. moodymagic says:

    These 2 sick bastards make me want to scream. My one wish would be that these 2 I don’t have words to describe them but “slug dung” is a start, would not survive to get out of prison. Burn in hell you slime. Bitch this was your mother for gosh sake. Hell has a spot for you waiting I know. Karma’s a Bitch.

  2. bengalpuss says:

    I was just thinking the same moodymagic, “how can anyone do that to their own mother” the pair of them should spend the rest of their worthless lives in the same conditions that the poor woman had to endure, not sentenced to 3meals a day and a bed to sleep in that tax payers have to pay, let those two evil shits suffer daily.

  3. 2cute says:

    I bet the old lady had her heart broken when her own daughter turned on her like that. Thank goodness somebody called for help or she could easily have died without food, water and medicine. R.I.P. Caroline.

  4. PJ says:

    Now if the mother had been a vicious bitch like Eunice Spry I can understand the daughter wanting to get even. But Caroline sounds like a hard working woman who did her best to raise a family and provide for them. Hope the daughter and her boyfriend are made to suffer.

    • bengalpuss says:

      p.j, no one can beat eunice spry at mother of the year, no this poor woman brought her children up the right way only to be treated like a piece of shite, they should be punished the same way as what they did to that poor woman, that’s justice.

      • skankyskeezer says:

        Just because this woman was employed throughout her life does not mean she raised her kids “the right way”. We don’t know. She may have beat the shit out of this woman, verbally abused her, ignored her, etc. People have hardworking parents that come home and take out all their frustrations on their kids.

        Maybe this woman’s mom was a great and kind woman, and maybe she was a cunt. We don’t know. Obviously, either way, you don’t treat anyone the way she was treated.

        • River rat says:

          I knew the three people it really was over the top justice was not served you never met them but it was a nasty home but the did work some and mama was a strange woman

          • Kathy says:

            What would have been justice? I need met them but how could you treat an old lady that way? Boarding up her window in our Ga. heat? Not feeding her or giving her medical attention. Please tell what would have been justice because I think they got what the deserved.

  5. BENGALPUSS says:

    maybe your right, but i can almost guarantee you that she would never have left her children lying in piss and shit, starving and basically treat her children like animals. The daughter wasn’t obligated to “care” for her mother, someone that had treat you like shit would be the last person you would care for, that’s why i believe this poor woman brought her children up the best way she could, not like animals, and this is the thanks she got from her own daughter, absolutely sickening it is.

  6. john says:

    This is fauls i have hard evdence that proves all incence tryed to show in tral but judge would not let it in thy took car of my father over a year there u should have all facts if want them look deeper than news look up her rel name welch marea welch she is the ear to rhe buddy fuller trust that has been took that’s what is tied in also it gets deeper i have audo pics stamnts from carilone tommos stating she made it up

    • bengalpuss says:

      really? you do realise that a jury believed what they did, why haven’t you been to the press about these statements and audio that you have? because if i had that and thought someone innocent, i would be making sure that the evidence i had would be heard. I believe that those two scumbags were guilty as sin, and nothing would change my mind until someone showed me irrefutable proof that they were innocent. by the way, your spelling is really bad, it took me a while to work out what you were writing, just saying that’s all.

    • Tera says:

      Huh??? Do you even english?

  7. bengalpuss says:

    And how can someone make up being starved, left in piss and shit, in deplorable conditions? your gonna tell me next that she did this to herself? because if i was in a property and realised someone was in a bad way, i’d be ringing 911 and getting that person help. Explain the boarded up window and the air conditioner coming out, the locked up fridge and while this woman was starving? I believe that poor womans version of events, not two nasty bastards who treat this woman worse than you would a worm.

  8. sandy says:

    Really John, where did you get your information?

  9. sandy says:

    John are you trying to say that Maria Wiggins was not Ms. Thomas daughter and there for it was all right? Where did you get all the proof that you talk about and why was it not published? Who was heir to a trust and what do you mean every thing is tied in? You make no sense at all in your ramblings

    • bengalpuss says:

      I know sandy, i couldn’t work out what he was saying either lol. some people are just too silly to take seriously.

  10. sandy says:

    I think our friend “John” just wanted to get a rise out of people! I may be only 19 but if even half the stuff that was reported was true, it is a dirty shame! I was raised to love and respect my parents and I would fight to my last breath to protect my mom and dad!

  11. AngryLittleMexican says:

    Bet Caroline wished she would have swallowed that load :/

  12. Kathy says:

    Looks like these 2 will be getting out soon. Been following the story and saw it on Georgia parole site

  13. Tom Daly says:

    I agree. I think that these two pair of t**ts should suffer the same pain that they put the old woman through: being locked up for days in a stifling hot room, with no air conditioning or fresh air and barely any food or water. There’s a special place in hell for people like them, but then again, I doubt Satan would want them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *