HOUSTON (AP) — The mother of a toddler who died weeks after her release from the nation’s largest family detention center has filed a legal claim seeking $60 million from the U.S. government for the child’s death.
Attorneys for Yazmin Juarez submitted the claim against multiple agencies Tuesday. Juarez’s 1-year-old daughter, Mariee, died in May.READ MORE: Appeals Court Ruling Keeps Abortion Ban In Place In Texas
Juarez’s lawyers say Mariee developed a respiratory illness while she and her mother were detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley. They accuse U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of releasing the pair while Mariee was still sick.
The girl died six weeks later in Philadelphia.READ MORE: Amtrak Train From Fort Worth Crashes In Oklahoma, Four Hurt
Washington-based law firm Arnold & Porter says it will file a lawsuit if the government doesn’t settle its claim.
A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the agency wouldn’t comment on pending litigation. Other agencies didn’t immediately respond to messages.
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