A mother and daughter who allegedly posed as pros at plastic surgery have been charged with murder after illegal butt augmentation surgery for an aspiring adult film actress turned fatal.
Libby Adame, 51, and Alicia Galaz, 23, were arrested on August 5 in Riverside, Calif. In connection with the death of Karissa Rajpaul, 26, who died at a local hospital hours after undergoing the botched procedure .
The Los Angeles Police Department told local media that the two women posed as specialists in carrying out the allegedly illegal procedure on October 15, 2019 and likely operated on a large number of other victims.
“These people have no medical training,” LAPD deputy chief Alan Hamilton told KABC. “They have no experience and put people’s lives in danger.
After Rajpaul suffered complications from the operation, the women reportedly called 911 and then let her die, Hamilton said.
“They took people’s money and we know that in a few incidents it resulted in murder,” he added.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled the aspiring actress’s death a homicide due to acute cardiopulmonary dysfunction and intramuscular / intravascular silicone injections, CBS LA reported.
Detectives told local media they discovered potential evidence in the case that suggests the couple used social media to advertise Brazilian butt facelifts at a fraction of the usual cost.
Before her death, Rajpaul appeared in a video posted to social media which appeared to show her undergoing a buttock augmentation procedure. The footage has since been incorporated into the LAPD’s investigation into the botched operation, KABC reported.
Investigators told KABC they suspected the women of injecting Rajpaul with a cocktail of substances used by trained cosmetic doctors in addition to other dangerous chemicals.
“They were mixing them with chemicals and other substances that are clearly not appropriate for a medical procedure that would be performed on a human,” Hamilton said.
Police told local media that Rajpaul came to the United States from South Africa to pursue a career in the adult film industry. The augmentation procedure that led to his death was preceded by two more that were also allegedly carried out illegally at a home in Encino, Calif., Last September.
Hamilton told KABC investigators were examining other potential victims and their relatives who “may have had loved ones disfigured” or killed after undergoing procedures conducted by the bogus specialists.
“Some of these victims may not have survived these proceedings and this is what we are examining now,” he told KTLA5 separately.
A day after her arrest, Adame was released after posting $ 1 million bail, according to CBS LA. Her daughter was also released on bail two days after her arrest and is expected to appear in court for the first time on December 8.