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Mistake kept woman in jail for months

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A clerical mistake kept a homeless, mentally ill woman jailed for six months.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore told The Advocate on Thursday that he's met with his staff to ensure there's never a similar mistake.

Libby Poche, of Madison, Miss., says her sister-in-law, 55-year-old Melissa Poche, was sent to a hospital after her release Wednesday. She had been in the East Baton Rouge or East Carroll parish jails since July 22, when she was arrested on four misdemeanors.

Prosecutors decided in August to dismiss all four charges, but only one was dropped because of a clerical error. Poche stayed jailed until her family drew attention to the case.

Her family says she was diagnosed in 1992 with schizophrenia and bipolar diseases and also has diabetes.

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