Grand jury indicts daughter & granddaughter for manslaughter in elderly woman's death

Grand jury indicts daughter and granddaughter for manslaughter in elderly woman's death

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A grand jury indicted a woman and her daughter Tuesday in the death of an elderly woman.

Joleslie Looney, 53, and Lauren Looney, 17, both of Baton Rouge, were indicted for manslaughter in the death of Bessie Looney, 82, also of Baton Rouge.

Police officers reported deplorable conditions inside the home where Looney was found dead on September 29.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William "Bo" Clark said she died from a blood infection caused by untreated bed sores.

"The cause of death is sepsis secondary stage decubitus ulcers, secondary to chronic immobility," Clark said. "Other associated findings associated to the cause of death were malnutrition, dementia and cardiovascular disease."

According to police, the two suspects were the victim's primary caregivers and had knowledge of the elderly woman's condition, but failed to seek medical help. They allegedly also attempted to discard items inside the home that would reveal the lack of care that was given.

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