The dead body of a 36-year-old woman was found melted into a couch at her parents’ house in Louisiana.
The parents of severely autistic Lacey Ellen Fletcher were arrested last week and charged with second-degree murder. Their daughter Lacey died ‘fused’ to a sofa by her own excrement.
Clay, 65, and Sheila Fletcher 64, allowed their daughter to waste away on their couch until she stopped breathing on January 3rd. She died while they were away on a trip.
Lacey was found partially naked and sitting upright with her legs crossed underneath her. She was half-submerged in the pool of her own body fluids that had worn through the couch.
She sunk inside a hole that her long-suffering body had worn through both the upholstery and cushion. Officials say she had been stuck on the couch for at least 12 years.
Following an extensive autopsy, the Jefferson Parish Forensic Center ruled Lacey’s death a homicide. Her cause of death stemmed from severe medical neglect which led fatal results. She suffered chronic malnutrition, acute starvation, immobility, and acute ulcer formation. As a result of neglect she also got osteomyelitis, a bone infection, which eventually led to sepsis.
The pictures of the scene were so bad, medics were on standby for members of the jury who were forced to look at them.
A trial date has yet to be set. If convicted, both parents could be sentenced to life in prison.
Sheila Fletcher was released Tuesday night on a $300,000 bond. Her husband Clay, was released on Wednesday morning.