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Riverside Mother-Daughter indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter after giving Deadly Butt-lift to Woman in Los Angeles

Riverside Mother-Daughter indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter after giving Deadly Butt-lift to Woman in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA: A mother and daughter from Riverside were convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, March 4, for causing the death of a lady from Reseda during a butt-lift procedure they performed in October 2019.

Libby Adame, 53, and Alicia Galaz, 26, were charged with second-degree murder for causing the death of Karissa Rajpaul by injecting her with liquid silicone in a Sherman Oaks residence. The silicone entered her system, resulting in an embolism that led to her death.

The jury decided to charge both ladies with involuntary manslaughter instead of a more serious offense.

If the jury determined that Adame and Galaz did not demonstrate malice when injecting Rajpaul, they had the choice to nonetheless find them responsible for her death.

Additionally, the duo was convicted of engaging in a medical treatment without the necessary license. Adame was convicted of three counts, while Galaz was convicted of two.

The jury deliberated for around seven hours before reaching their judgment.

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Last month’s case involved around a week of witness testimony and focused on whether Adame, also known as “La Tia” on social media, and Galaz were aware of the lethal nature of the silicone they injected into their clients.

The duo ran a business providing buttock enhancements to women in Los Angeles County for around ten years until they were apprehended in 2021. This occurred two years after Rajpaul passed away in the Sherman Oaks residence belonging to her associate.

Rajpaul had received two prior silicone injections from Adame and Galaz without any issues. Rajpaul abruptly started to lose consciousness during the third. Both women departed the residence once paramedics arrived. Rajpaul was transported by ambulance to a hospital, where she passed away.

operations known as Brazilian butt lifts include injecting liquid silicone into a customer’s upper buttocks to promote the formation of fat cells. These operations are popular in Central and South America but are considered extremely risky by U.S. regulations.

Silicone injections are not authorized for use in the United States. The FDA has issued warnings about them since 2017.

Prosecutors stated that Adame and Galaz provided buttock enhancement procedures to numerous clients. They contended that the women should have been aware of the risks associated with silicone injections because Galaz was there when another lady, Kenia Arias, passed away at a South Gate salon in 2018 following a similar surgery.

The attorneys of the couple contended that Adame and Galaz had limited awareness of the circumstances surrounding Arias’ death, as they were not present when two of their associates supplied the silicone to Arias. Galaz was present in the salon when paramedics arrived to transport Arias to a hospital.

Nareg Gourjian, the attorney representing Galaz, stated in his closing statement that the women did not have any malicious intent against Rajpaul and that her death was an unfortunate accident.

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