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Mistake keeps Baton Rouge woman in jail for months

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Posted: Feb 25, 2010 10:19 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Feb 25, 2010 10:36 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Melissa Poche, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, mistake, jail, Hillar Moore, Sheriff's Department

A Baton Rouge woman, jailed with no charges, was freed yesterday.

There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle of how Melissa Poche ended up behind bars for eight months. She was never charged or had lawyer appointed to her, and it all started with simple paper work.

Poche, whose family members say is schizophrenic, was homeless when she was originally arrested on four misdemeanors. The District Attorney's Office originally decided her arrest was punishment enough and dropped the charges.

However, the paper work only showed one charge being dropped. So, Poche stayed in jail. She was shuttled between Baton Rouge and north Louisiana. She was sent back to Baton Rouge when the north Louisiana jail became over crowded.

Poche's family only found her when they Googled her name, and they still had a hard time finding her after her release. The family says they are planning to take legal action, but they are currently focused on caring for Poche.

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