A Los Angeles mother and daughter have been charged with allegedly murdering a wannabe adult film star with an illegal butt lift surgery that resulted in her death.
Libby Adame, 51, and Alicia Galaz, 23, were arrested Aug. 5 in Riverside, California, in connection with the death of Karissa Rajpaul, a 26-year-old South African actress who had just moved to LA, according ABC 7.
Rajpaul, who wanted to work in the adult film industry, died at a local hospital hours after her third procedure at a home in Encino allegedly performed by the women.
The exact cause of death was determined to be acute cardiopulmonary dysfunction and intramuscular/intravascular silicone injections, CBS 2 reported.
Police said Adame and Galaz presented themselves as plastic surgeon specialists despite having no formal training.
“These individuals have no medical training,” LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton told ABC 7. “They’re not experienced and they’re putting people’s lives at risk.”
Police said that the two woman were injecting their “patients” with a homemade cosmetic cocktail of popular cosmetic chemicals and other dangerous substances.
“They were mixing them with chemicals and other substances that clearly are not appropriate for any medical procedure that would be performed on a human,” Hamilton said.
Police have already contacted other victims who’ve undergone procedures with the mother-daughter duo and said that there may be more victims out there.
“We’re also seeking additional victims and relatives of victims who may have had loved ones disfigured or who passed away,” Hamilton said.
Adame was released after posting $1 million bail, CBS 2 reported. A court date has not been scheduled for her case.
Galaz was released on bond two days after her arrest and is scheduled to make her first court appearance on Dec. 8.