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Parents of Lacey Fletcher, woman found ‘melted’ to couch, plead no contest to manslaughter

The Louisiana parents whose daughter’s body was found “melted” on a maggot-infested couch have pleaded no contest to manslaughter charges, and prosecutors are seeking 40 years in prison for horrific neglect.

East Feliciana residents Sheila and Clay Fletcher said their daughter Lacey Ellen Fletcher, 36, was found in a waste-filled crater in January 2022, urinating on the family couch. He was first arrested after he was found dead covered in feces.

She sat there for 12 years and weighed less than 100 pounds.

The parents, who were charged with second-degree murder, filed an appeal on Monday seeking a reduced charge of manslaughter. WBRZ reported.

East Feliciana Parish District Attorney Sam D’Aquila said prosecutors are seeking a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. According to the Advocate. Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 20th.

“The Fletchers are not contesting the new charges. They had no choice. This is an open-and-shut case – they let their daughter suffer excruciatingly on that couch. I allowed him to do so.” told the Daily Mail.

“We want this incident to send a message. We want to say on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves that this kind of treatment is unacceptable.”

Sheila and Clay Fletcher, the parents of 36-year-old Lacey, who was found “fused” on a couch in their Louisiana home, have pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Facebook

Prosecutors asked the parents to be jailed immediately after entering their pleas, but District Judge Kathryn “Betsy” Jones will keep them in custody until Feb. 20, when the parents must turn themselves in, the paper said. It is said that he gave permission to do so.

Lawyers for the Fletchers said they cared for their daughter and had no intention of harming her.

“Yes, they were negligent. It’s clear they were negligent. They loved her to death – those are the true words of the Fletcher family. According to the Daily Mail, they loved her to death. I loved her so much,” defense attorney Stephen Moore said at the hearing.

“You look back and wonder, why? How could something like this happen? It happened. But neither Sheila nor Clay Fletcher ever intended to harm their daughter. “There wasn’t. They loved their daughter dearly,” he said.

Lacey Ellen Fletcher was found dead on her couch, covered in urine and feces and weighing less than 100 pounds. handout

“They are completely remorseful. Their lives revolved around Lacey Fletcher. … They lived for Lacey Fletcher,” Moore added.

When Lacey was found at her parents’ home, she was trapped in a trash-filled crater on the couch. The local coroner said Lacey had “melted” into some of her furniture and that she weighed less than 100 pounds.

Officials described the case as “acute medical neglect” and said she was covered in maggots and sores, had ulcers on her buttocks and had feces on her face, chest and abdomen.

The parents have pleaded not guilty, saying Lacey was of “sound mind” and refused to leave the living room to bring him food or use the bathroom.

Lacey Fletcher’s body was found “fused” to the couch, soaked in feces and urine. East Feliciana Parish Coroner’s Office

Officials said Lacey has been diagnosed with social anxiety and has a history of severe Asperger syndrome, a type of autism spectrum disorder that causes maladaptive social skills.

She also reportedly suffered from locked-in syndrome, a rare neurological disease characterized by complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, except for the eyes.

On Monday, Moore addressed her spectrum disorder.

Sheila Fletcher’s mug shot. East Feliciana Parish Sheriff

“Anyone who has a child with a disability can tell you something like that can happen. This is an extreme example of how it happens. They were held responsible. . They now look back and can’t believe they got to the position they’re in,” he said, according to the Daily Mail.

“These are good people who have never been in trouble in their lives. They are great members of this community and people came to support them, it’s not who they are. ,” Moore said.

“They are not criminals. They are being released on bail because they are not a danger to anyone in this community. They have never been a danger to the community,” he said.

“What happened to Lacey is horrible. But they took care of her every day. Sheila Fletcher came home at lunch every day to look after her daughter, and they ate lunch together every day.” added the lawyer.

Forensic pathologist Dana Troxclair said in the autopsy report that Ms Lacey’s body was covered in pressure sores, with “polarized fibers (likely fibers from the sofa) embedded in the exposed bone surface. He said he had been suffering from chronic bone infections caused by “maggots.” She is,” the media reported.

“There were maggots in the perineum and bedsore areas. If maggots had appeared postmortem, there would have been at least minimal eggs and larvae in the eye, ear, and nose areas.” he writes.

“These areas, along with any wounds, are suitable sites for colonization. There was no evidence of decomposition at the time of autopsy, so it turns out that the maggots were present even before death,” Troxclair added. reported the Daily Mail.

Mugshot of Clay Fletcher’s father. East Feliciana Parish Sheriff

Lacey’s cause of death was determined to be sepsis due to a chain reaction of multiple conditions, including a bone infection, prolonged immobility, malnutrition and “severe chronic neglect of a person with special needs.”

WBRZ reported that many people showed up Monday to support the parents, while prosecutors brought in Dana Lovett, a victim advocate, to support the deceased daughter.

“No one should have had to live as many years as she did,” Lovett said. “They had a lot of resources at their fingertips, especially Mrs. Fletcher. I don’t know why she didn’t take advantage of those resources when she was mostly working with people who could actually help.” I don’t understand.”

After Lacey’s death, his mother resigned as Slaughter’s town alderman.

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