A California mother and daughter accused of killing a woman during a buttock augmentation procedure pleaded not guilty to murder on Tuesday.
Libby Adame, 52, and her daughter, Alicia Galaz, 24, are charged with murder after Karissa Rajpaul, 26, died during illegal plastic surgery. The mother and daughter are also charged with three counts of practicing medicine without certification.
Adame and Galaz were arrested last year for the woman’s death in October 2019 at a private home. According to authorities, the couple took to social media to advertise their low-rate cash operation.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled Rajpaul’s death a homicide. She died of acute cardiopulmonary dysfunction and intramuscular/intravascular silicone injections, according to coroner’s office records.
Rajpaul had moved from South Africa to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the adult film industry and had undergone two similar buttock procedures prior to his death.
The Los Angeles Police Department said after the arrests that the procedure involved injecting an uncontained liquid silicone substance directly into the buttocks to make them appear larger.
Police say injecting silicone uncontained into the body can lead to it entering the bloodstream and creating emboli that can lead to serious illness or death.
When complications arose during the procedure, Adame and Galaz called 911 and left Rajpaul at the scene. First responders arrived and transported Rajpaul to hospital, where she died later the same day.
“The suspects fled the scene without identifying or informing paramedics of the cosmetic procedure for proper rescue protocols to be initiated. As a result, the victim died in an emergency room with attending physicians unaware of the silicone injection,” police said in a statement.
“Suspect Adame and Galaz are a mother and daughter team who performed these inherently unsafe, non-FDA approved cosmetic buttock augmentations. Neither are licensed medical providers in California and their clients were recruited through Instagram,” the statement continued.
Adame and Galaz are free on bail and are due back in court on November 3, when a hearing will then be scheduled to determine if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
New York Post