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Immigrant Mother Whose Child Died in ICE Custody Plans Suit

Yazmin Juarez and her daughter Mariee

Yazmin Juarez and her daughter Mariee

Source: Family photo via Arnold & Porter

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A mother of a toddler who died after being held in custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement is moving to sue the city of Eloy, Arizona, an operator of a Texas facility where she and her 19-month-old girl were held.

The mother, Yazmin Juarez, blames the city for the suffering and wrongful death of Mariee, who she says was healthy when the two arrived at the 2,400-bed facility the government uses to house immigrants in Dilley. The child died of respiratory failure two months later, after she was held at the facility for 20 days and didn’t receive the necessary medical treatment, Juarez’s lawyer, R. Stanton Jones, said.