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Years after charges for grandmother's death, woman asks for help during recent arrest

4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Wednesday, July 19 2017 Jul 19, 2017 July 19, 2017 6:00 PM July 19, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – The granddaughter of a woman at the center of a disturbing elder abuse case was arrested again this weekend for drugs and admitted to authorities she “had a problem.”

Lauren Looney was found with crack cocaine and marijuana in a car on the side of North Boulevard early Saturday morning, authorities wrote in arrest documents obtained by WBRZ. Authorities said they noticed a suspicious vehicle, smelled marijuana, saw the drugs and later found Looney who became emotional while talking with authorities.

While speaking with officers, Looney said she had a problem and needed help, according to the arrest documents. But, authorities wrote, she became increasingly less cooperative.

Looney is accused of getting out of handcuffs, attempting to kick an officer and was subdued only after being pepper-sprayed.

Looney was booked into jail on drug charges and resisting arrest. She has since been released.

Looney and her mother, Joleslie Looney, were charged in 2014 related to the death of Bessie Looney, 82, who was the mother of Joleslie and Lauren's grandmother.

The elder Looney was found in the family's home at 1081 N. Acadian deceased. She was malnourished and had several bed sores on her body. Investigators said there was also a large amount of flies throughout the house, and feces and trash covered the floors of the residence. Then, police said both Joleslie and Lauren were the older woman's primary caregivers and knew about her condition but did not seek medical attention.

Joleslie Looney remains in jail related to the abuse charges though the case is tied up in sanity hearings.

Booking records for Lauren Looney's most recent arrest indicate she no longer lives at the N. Acadian address. She was able to bond out of jail on the 2014 charges. 

Looney was 17-years-old at the time of the first arrest. 

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