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Lawyers ask for more time in sanity hearing of woman charged in elderly relative's death

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

Attorneys said they need more time in the case of a Baton Rouge woman accused in the death of her elderly family member .

Lauren Looney, 19, was in court Tuesday morning for a hearing to see if she is sane enough to stand trial. The hearing was supposed to be held on Tuesday, May 3, but was moved for reasons that were not given. 

Looney is one of two people accused of severe neglect in the death of Bessie Looney, 82. Lauren Looney and her mother, Joleslie Looney, are both facing  manslaughter charges in connection with the case.  

A judge has already determined Joleslie Looney, 53, isn't mentally fit to stand trial at this time.

Lauren Looney's attorney said she was under the control of her mother and may have been a victim herself. 

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In September 2014, investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department found Bessie Looney dead in "horrid conditions."

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.

On Tuesday, the attorneys asked for a little more time to review reports from doctors. They will be back in court in October. 

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