The parents charged with the murder of the Louisiana woman found fused into her couch have been released on bond in the shocking case of “acute medical neglect.”
Sheila Fletcher walked out of the East Feliciana Parish jail in Clinton on a $300,000 bond Tuesday night, while her husband Clay was released on Wednesday morning last week.
The couple, both 64, face second-degree murder charges in the horrific Jan. 3 death of Lacey Ellen Fletcher, 36, who weighed less than 100 pounds when she was found on a ratty couch covered in urine and feces.
Lacey may have sat in her own filth for about 12 years, according to the coroner, Dr. Ewell Bickham. She was found covered in maggots and sores and “melted” into a hole in the living room couch of the family’s Slaughter home.
Sheila did not respond to questions from various news outlets, as she emerged from the jail about 10:30 p.m. last Tuesday — including why her daughter did not move from the fetid couch for so many years.
The coroner, Dr. Ewell Bickham, told the Daily Mail that the photographs from the scene were so revolting that medical personnel were on standby when the images were shown to the grand jury.
“The cause of death stemmed from severe medical neglect, which led to chronic malnutrition, acute starvation, immobility, acute ulcer formation, osteomyelitis, which is bone infection which led finally to sepsis,” he told the outlet.
The coroner also denied a report that Lacey had suffered from a rare neurological disorder called locked-in syndrome. “I don’t know where that term came from or what source it came from. In all my years as a practicing physician I have never heard of that term,” he told the outlet.
The only diagnoses that I know she did have was first, social anxiety, severe autism and that’s it. Those are her only two diagnoses.
The last time she saw a physician of any type or any kind was when she was 16 years old.