40-year-old suffered stroke and his loved ones didn't provide care before he died, police say

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Source: Scott Police Department

Jun. 24 2021, Published 8:46 a.m. ET

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A 40-year-old man suffered a stroke and his loved ones didn't provide care before he died, police say. Now, the trio faces criminal charges.

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Members of the victim’s family contacted the Scott, Louisana, Police Department to report that the circumstances surrounding his death seemed suspicious.

Michael Hebert, 40, began to feel ill approximately 5 to 6 days before his passing, Scott police say.

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Herbert was living with his girlfriend, Stacy Barton, 50. She called her mother, Elizabeth Hornbuckle, 75, and Kelly Keeling, 54, to come to the residence to assist her.

Over the next few days, Herbert’s health deteriorated, and he became comatose and unresponsive, according to Scott police.

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When a neighbor came to the house and saw Hebert’s condition, they contacted 911.

Hebert was transported to the hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered from a massive stroke. He later died, according to police.

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Police have arrested Barton, who was charged with negligent homicide and theft by shoplifting. She is being held at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a bond totaling $52,500.

Hornbuckle was arrested for negligent homicide, possession of schedule II, two counts of possession of a legend drug without a prescription, possession of schedule IV and distribution of imitation CDS. She is being held at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a bond of $55,000.

Scott Police have also obtained a warrant for Keeling for negligent homicide in connection with the incident. Keeling is still at large, according to police.

Anyone with information about Keeling's location is asked to contact Scott Police Department at (337) 233-3715 or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.

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