Slaughter, Louisiana, East Feliciana Parish- Graphic images of 36-year-old Lacey Ellen Fletcher are being released to show how neglected and abused she was before she was found dead on her couch covered with insects, in her own feces, and feces of rodents. Monday, a grand jury will decide if Clay and Shelia Fletcher will face murder charges.
Reports say that Lacey Fletcher suffered from a rare neurological disorder called Locked-In Syndrome that paralyzed all of her body with the exception of her eyes. Her parents are described as “pillars of the community” though Lacey had not seen a doctor in more than 20 years and was found dead on their couch covered in feces, and only weighing 96 pounds.
“The parents were in the kitchen. They did not have an explanation,” Dr Ewell Dewitt Bickham III said. He ruled Lacey Fletcher’s death a homicide and stated the cause of her death was medical neglect. Her well-respected parents, Shelia, 64, and Clay Fletcher, 65, will face a grand jury Monday. “The scene was sickening. I’ve seen some horrible things in my life but nothing like this. It’s unconscionable, something you make horror movies about,” Dr Ewell Dewitt Bickham III said.
Sheila Fletcher worked as an assistant city prosecutor in Zachary, Louisiana and has worked as a court clerk in Baker and for the police. She served the Slaughter mayor and resigned her position as Board of Aldermen three weeks after her daughter’s death on January 24th.
Clay Fletcher, records show, is an officer of the Baton Rouge Civil War Roundtable.
Steven Moore, the defense attorney issued a statement to BProud stating, “They don’t want to relive the pain of losing a child through the media. They have been through a lot of heartache over the years. Anyone who had lost a child knows what it’s like”.
The community is stunned. Many neighbors did not know that Clay and Shelia Fletcher had a daughter.
Update: LawandCrime report: Grand Jury Indicts Louisiana Parents for Allegedly Leaving Their Daughter to Die on Couch While She Was Covered in Feces and Maggots. East Feliciana Parish coroner, Dr. Ewell Dewitt Bickham III voiced disgust at the scene, “I couldn’t eat for a week, and I cried for a week,” he told Baton Rouge-based ABC affiliate WBRZ in a Tuesday report.
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