In what officials said was one of the worst cases of neglect in memory, the East Feliciana Parish coroner ruled Lacey’s shocking death a homicide – leading to a criminal investigation.
Louisiana woman found dead in shocking neglect case, ‘melted’ into couch
District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla:
““The caretakers just let her sit on the couch. She just urinated and used the bathroom on the couch,” D’Aquilla told NOLA.com this week.
“It was so horrific,”
When she was found, her feet were crossed under her — dug deep into the hole she’d worn through the upholstery and foam padding, which was filled with stool and urine, NOLA.com reported.
According to the Daily Mail, Lacey suffered from locked-in syndrome, a rare neurological disorder characterized by complete paralysis of voluntary muscles, except for the eyes.
D’Aquilla told NOLA.com:
“The question on everybody’s mind is, how could they be caretakers living in the house with her and have her get in a condition like that?”
Second-degree murder charges carry a mandatory sentence of a life prison sentence with no parole for adults upon a conviction.