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A migrant mother from Guatemala who alleges that substandard care at a Texas detention facility is to blame for her toddler’s death is reportedly planning to take legal action against the U.S. government.
CBS News reported on Wednesday that Yazmin Juarez, 20, and her 18-month-old daughter, Mariee, arrived in the U.S. in March seeking asylum. The young mother claims she and her child were then placed in a detention facility operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), where she alleges her child received inadequate medical care that lead to her death six weeks after they were released.
The article goes on to state the following:
“She had an amazing smile and chubby cheeks. She had never had any serious medical conditions or chronic medical conditions of any kind. She was a healthy kid,” said Stanton Jones, Juarez’s lawyer, said, according to the network.
Lawyers representing Juarez said her daughter contracted a respiratory infection at the facility, which they allege went under-treated for nearly a month. Juarez claims she sought treatment for Mariee and she was prescribed medication, including Tylennol and honey, that failed to help her daughter.
Shortly after their release from the center, the mother and daughter flew to New Jersey to stay with Juarez’s mother. The toddler would later be diagnosed for respiratory failure and hospitalized before dying six weeks later.
CBS News reports that Juarez now plans a series of lawsuits, one of which seeks $40 million in damages from an Arizona city that serves as the government’s prime contractor for the Texas facility.
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18-month-old Mariee Juárez died after being detained along with her mother Yazmin Juárez at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.
Her mother says Mariee was a happy, healthy child when they arrived at the U.S. border to seek asylum. https://t.co/YslePCnFgT
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 29, 2018
Lawyers for Yazmin Juárez, the mother of a toddler, Mariee, who died of pneumonia two months after contracting a virus in ICE custody earlier this year, are asking for $40 million from the city of Eloy, Arizona in a wrongful death claim https://t.co/iq1dyd0QLq
— VICE News (@vicenews) August 29, 2018