A woman and her daughter pleaded not guilty to murder Tuesday in connection with an alleged buttock augmentation procedure on a woman who died in a hospital emergency room.
Libby Adame, 52, and her daughter, Alicia Galaz, 24, are accused of murder for the death of Karissa Rajpaul, 26, on October 15, 2019.
Adame and Galaz are also charged with three felony counts of practicing medicine without certification.
The two were arrested in August 2021 in Riverside in connection with the woman’s death.
Rajpaul died from acute cardiopulmonary dysfunction and intramuscular/intravascular silicone injections, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s office records.
Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a statement released after the two were arrested that the cosmetic procedure at a non-medical facility involved injecting an oversized liquid silicone substance directly into the buttocks to make them look more large.
They noted that injecting silicone without measure into the body can cause it to enter the bloodstream and create embolisms that can lead to serious illness or death.
“The suspects fled the scene without identifying themselves or informing paramedics of the cosmetic procedure so that proper life-saving protocols can be initiated. As a result, the victim died in an emergency room without the attending physicians being aware of the silicone injection,” police said.
“Suspects Adame and Galaz are a mother-daughter team who performed these inherently unsafe and non-FDA approved cosmetic buttock augmentations. Neither is a California licensed medical provider and their clients were recruited through Instagram,” police added.
Both are free on bail.
They are due back in court on November 3, when a date will be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to allow the case against them to proceed to trial.