On Tuesday, a California mother and daughter duo pleaded not guilty to murder after they were accused of performing an illegal butt implant that resulted in death.
Following the death of 26-year-old Karissa Rajpaul, 52-year-old Libby Adame and her 24-year-old daughter, Alicia Galaz, are also being charged with practicing medicine without a license.
It is alleged that Adame and Galez advertised their low-rate, cash-based operation on social media before being arrested for the woman’s death in October 2019.
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Rajpaul’s death was ruled a homicide.
Records show that she suffered from acute cardiopulmonary dysfunction and had silicone intramuscular/intravascular silicone injections.
Before her fatal buttocks surgery, Rajpaul had two similar procedures in LA to pursue a career in adult film.
Following the arrests, the Los Angeles Police Department stated that the procedure involved injecting an uncontained liquid silicone substance right into the buttocks to enhance them.
According to police, the uncontained silicone can enter the bloodstream and cause embolisms, resulting in severe illness or death.
During the procedure, Adame and Galaz called 911 after complications arose and left Rajpaul at the scene, and she was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“The suspects fled the scene without identifying or informing the paramedics of the cosmetic procedure for proper life-saving protocols to be initiated. As a result, the victim died in an emergency room with tending physicians unaware of the silicone injection.” Police said.
“Suspect Adame and Galaz are a mother and daughter team that performed these inherently unsafe, FDA-unapproved cosmetic buttocks augmentations. Neither is a licensed medical provider in California, and their clients were recruited through Instagram.”
Adame and Galaz are currently free on bond and are scheduled to return to court on November 3, where it will be determined if a trial is warranted.