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Sanity hearing for woman charged in elderly relative's death moved to Thursday

Lauren Looney (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Lauren Looney (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A suspect accused in the death of her elderly family member is expected to appear in court for a sanity hearing Thursday. 

The hearing was supposed to be held on Tuesday, but was moved to Thursday for reasons that were not given. 

Lauren Looney, 18, of Baton Rouge, is facing manslaughter charges in connection with the case. She's one of two people accused of having a role in the death of Bessie Looney, 82.

The woman's body was found in what investigators describe as "horrid conditions" in September 2014.

Earlier this year, Joleslie Looney, 53, was found incompetent to stand trial.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William "Bo" Clark said Bessie Looney 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, Joleslie and Lauren Looney 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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