- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police say they found an 82-year-old woman dead in her wheelchair, unclothed, surrounded by feces, trash and a horde of gnats and fruit flies.

By Monday evening, Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1vsPD7N ) police had booked Bessie Looney’s daughter and granddaughter on cruelty to the infirm.

“The victim was observed to be severely malnourished with severely infected bed sores on her hips and buttocks area,” Detective Cpl. Sherri Harris wrote in the affidavit of probable cause. “The victim’s wheelchair was lined with a disposable pad that was soiled with human waste.”

Detectives detained Looney’s daughter, Joleslie Looney, 53, and her 17-year-old granddaughter, both of whom police say were Bessie Looney’s main caregivers and both of whom were in the house at the time police arrived, police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said.

Authorities estimate Bessie Looney died sometime between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday, Coppola said. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Coppola said the counts could be upgraded pending the outcome of the investigation.

It was unclear whether Joleslie Looney and her daughter have an attorney.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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