The granddaughter of an 82-year-old Baton Rouge woman found dead in her wheelchair — naked, sitting in feces and riddled with infected bedsores — was sane at the time her grandmother died in 2014 and is competent to stand trial on a manslaughter charge, a state judge said Tuesday.
Lauren Looney, 19, was evaluated by a psychiatrist and a psychologist, both of whom determined she was sane when Bessie Looney died Sept. 29, 2014. The girl was 17 at the time.
Her mother, 54-year-old Joleslie Looney, also is charged with manslaughter in the case, but she remains at the state mental hospital in Jackson for evaluation. She was found incompetent to proceed earlier this year.
District Judge Mike Erwin set Lauren Looney’s next court date for Oct. 11.
Joleslie and Lauren Looney were Bessie Looney’s primary caregivers. They lived on North Acadian West.
East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark ruled the elderly woman’s death a homicide after an autopsy showed she died from a blood infection caused by infected bedsores. Malnutrition, dementia and heart disease also contributed to her death, he said.