$100,000 bond ordered in elder abuse case
BATON ROUGE - A judge set a $100,000 bond each for two women accused of abuse in an elderly relative's death.
Judge Mike Erwin set the six-figure bond Thursday for Joleslie Looney, 53, and Lauren Looney, 17, for charges of cruelty to the infirm.
Police arrested the pair after they said they found Joleslie's mother, 82-year-old Bessie Looney, dead in her wheelchair Monday. Investigators said the Looney's home was in filthy condition, and Bessie Looney had signs of malnourishment as well as bed sores across much of her body.
Authorities said Joleslie and her dauther Lauren both knew about Bessie's condition and were her primary caregivers, but did not seek medical attention to help her.
The Baton Rouge coroner's report said Bessie Looney died from an infection stemming from chronic immobility, malnutrition and inflammation. Police said they were now investigating her death as a homicide due to the coroner's report.