Rotting remains of 96lb hermit found ‘sunk in couch crater after YEARS of neglect’ and parents could be charged

The decomposing remains of a reclusive 36-year-old were found on a couch covered in faeces when her parents were accused of neglect.

Lacey Ellen Fletcher’s body was found buried on her family’s living room couch, weighing just 96 pounds. Now her parents are facing murder charges.

Lacey Fletcher was found dead at her parents' home


Lacey Fletcher was found dead at her parents’ homeCredit: Handout
Lacey's remains were found buried in a couch at her parents' home


Lacey’s remains were found buried in a couch at her parents’ homePhoto credit: East Feliciana Parish Coroner’s Office

On the morning of January 3, Sheila Fletcher called 911 after discovering her daughter’s body. The deputies 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 anchored on a couch in the living room for an indefinite period.

Her body was found surrounded by feces and urine. According to D’Aquilla, she had frayed through the upholstery on the couch.

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

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Bickham decided the woman’s death was a homicide. He told WAFB, “Her cause of death arose from at least a decade of medical neglect.”

Her parents, Sheila and Clay Fletcher, have not been formally charged with a crime, nor have they been arrested. But D’Aquilla will ask a grand jury to indict her.

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

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

The Fletchers are expected 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 manslaughter, cruelty to the sick or involuntary manslaughter, D’Aquilla told WAFB.

D’Aquilla said it’s unclear if anyone other than Lacey’s parents saw her in the years leading up to her death.

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

Homeschooled since she was in high school, Lacey had severe social anxiety as a teenager, her parents said.

The Fletchers also stated that their daughter refused to leave the living room couch.

They claim to have brought Lacey her meals and even said she would urinate and defecate in towels or on the floor as she was afraid to leave the couch.

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

D’Aquilla says the couple claimed Lacey “has the sanity to make her own decisions.” Sheila Fletcher even claims to have regularly cleaned her daughter’s wounds.

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

“You must take better care of your people than your animals,” he said

“I just want people to realize that you have to act in a situation like this.”

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