3 face cruelty charges in elderly man’s death

Published 12:41 am Wednesday, February 27, 2019


VIDALIA — Three Vidalia residents face felony charges of cruelty to the infirm after an elderly man who had been under their care died through neglect, law enforcement officials said.

Catherine Perry, Christopher Britt and Lucille Britt each face one felony charge of cruelty to the infirm, said Lt. Chris Groh, an investigator with the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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The charges stem from the November death of Nolan Lachney, 75, of 113 Red River Landing Road, Vidalia, Groh said.

“The coroner went down there at the time of Mr. Lachney’s death in November of last year,” Groh said, “and Mr. Nolan Lachney was found to be in very poor condition.”

Groh said Lachney’s emaciated body was found with bedsores from lying in his own feces and urine and his fingernails and hair had been neglected.

“He was in horrible condition,” Groh said. “The last time any medical attention or an ambulance had been down there was in April of 2018.”

Groh said Lachney had been under the care of Perry, with whom Lachney had a relationship, and her daughter, Lucille Britt, and Perry’s daughter’s husband, Christopher Britt, for several years.

“They all lived there (with Lachney) and also lived in a little green trailer on the property,” Groh said. “All three of these individuals were around Mr. Lachney at all different times, according to eyewitness neighbors. So they had access to him in this shape and no attempt was ever sought to get an ambulance or a medical person down there to get him the proper care he needed. They could have easily called someone from an ambulance service when he was in that shape and said, ‘Hey, I need help with this man,’ and they did not do that.”

Groh said the three suspects were arrested Tuesday morning, and they were still being held in the Concordia Parish Jail on Tuesday evening.

“Further investigation is underway,” Groh said, “and other charges could come.”