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The decomposing remains of a 36-year-old female inmate have been found on a sofa covered in excrement as her parents are charged with neglect.

Lacey Ellen Fletcher’s body was found slumped on the couch in her family’s living room, weighing just 96 pounds. Now her parents could face murder charges.

Lacey Fletcher was found dead at her parents’ homeCredit: Syndicate
Lacey’s remains were found buried in a couch at her parents’ home.Credit: East Feliciana Parish Coroner’s Office

On the morning of January 3, Sheila Fletcher called 911 after discovering her daughter’s body. Agents entered the home with a “strong odor,” District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla said.

Lacey Fletcher, of Slaughter, Louisiana, died at her parents’ home after being tied to a sofa in the living room indefinitely.

His body was found surrounded by feces and urine. He had worn out the upholstery on the sofa, according to D’Aquilla.

Lacey was also found with severe ulcers on her bottom. She suffered from bacterial infections and tested positive for Covid, East Feliciana Parish Medical Examiner Dr. Ewell Dewitt Bickham III found.

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Bickham called the woman’s death a homicide. She told WAFB: “The cause of her death was due to at least a decade of medical negligence.

His parents, Sheila and Clay Fletcher, have not been formally charged with any crime or arrested. But D’Aquilla is ready to ask a grand jury to bring charges against him.

“The guards just let her sit on the sofa. She just urinated and used the bathroom on the couch,” D’Aquilla said. “It was so horrible.”

He plans to ask a grand jury to indict Lacey’s parents for second-degree murder.

The Fletchers are due in court on May 2, where a jury will decide whether to bring charges against them.

In addition to second-degree murder, the Fletchers could also be charged with involuntary manslaughter, cruelty to the sick or negligent homicide, D’Aquilla told WAFB.

D’Aquilla said it was unclear if anyone other than Lacey’s parents had seen her in the years before her death.

Lacey Fletcher suffered from a disability, her parents said in an interview with detectives on Jan. 18.

Lacey has been homeschooled since she was in high school and experienced severe social anxiety as a teenager, her parents said.

The Fletchers also said their daughter refused to leave the living room sofa.

They claim to have brought Lacey her meals, even saying she would urinate and defecate on towels or the floor as she was afraid to get up from the couch.

The Fletchers also claim that Lacey hasn’t seen a doctor in 10 years because she hasn’t been sick.

D’Aquilla says the couple claimed that Lacey was “healthy enough to make her own kind of decisions.” Sheila Fletcher even claims to have regularly cleaned her daughter’s wounds.

But D’Aquilla believes there is a message to be learned here.

“You have to take better care of your people than your animals,” he said.

“I just want people to recognize that if you have a situation like this, you need to take action.”

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