Lacey Ellen Fletcher's parents FREED on $300K bail despite horrific nature of her death
CLINTON, LOUISIANA: The parents of an autistic woman, who was discovered buried on a sofa in her own feces, and are facing murder charges have been freed on bail. Sheila Fletcher, 64, and her husband Clay Fletcher, 65, were charged with second-degree murder and detained on Monday, May 2 in connection with the death of their daughter Lacey Ellen Fletcher, 36.
The Daily Mail said that Sheila was seen coming out of the East Feliciana Parish Jail in Louisiana on Tuesday night, May 3 after posting a $300,000 bail, while Clay walked free on Wednesday morning, May 4, some 12 hours after his wife, according to the Daily Mail, which received images. The parents' lawyer Steven Moore said last week to WBRZ, “They don’t want to relive the pain of losing a child through the media. They have been through a lot of heartaches over the years. Anyone who had lost a child knows what it’s like.”
Earlier, the Louisiana parents were jailed in connection with the sickening death of their daughter. Lacey Ellen Fletcher, 36, was reportedly left to die on a couch for years. Authorities stated their daughter's body ripped a hole in the upholstery and cushion. There were feces and urine in the hole. Fletcher's face, chest, and belly were allegedly stuffed with feces, and the hygiene was so bad that maggots were found in her matted, knotted hair, according to authorities.
It was a homicide, according to East Feliciana Parish coroner Dr Ewell Dewitt Bickham III who claimed that the victim weighed barely 96 pounds when she died and tested positive for Covid. Bickham expressed his displeasure with the horrific incident. He told WBRZ, “I couldn’t eat for a week, and I cried for a week.” Earlier, Daily Mail reported, Fletcher had a mental health problem that worsened over time, and his parents did little to help. When she was 16 years old, she began to show signs of autism. From 2000 to 2002, the family attended doctor's appointments, with a follow-up in 2010.
After Lacey's death, her parents allegedly told investigators that she got some degree of Asperger's syndrome in 9th grade when she started being homeschooled and that she was the one who opted to never leave the sofa and instead go to the toilet on the couch or a nearby towel. Sheila Fletcher allegedly said that she cleaned her daughter's bedsores regularly and that she had never complained about them. If convicted, the parents would face life in prison without parole.