Following the death of a teenage girl in the custody of law enforcement, the girl’s family has filed a lawsuit against Santa Fe County in New Mexico, according to the Huffington Post. 17-year-old Desiree Gonzales had an outstanding warrant issued for fleeing from a rehabilitation center when she overdosed on heroin last May. She was taken a hospital for treatment, and then released into the custody of law enforcement. Gonzales stopped breathing, and died a few hours after later. An autopsy revealed that Gonzales’ overdose required another dose of an antidote, which is not usual. The lawsuit claims Gonzales was treated like a criminal instead of a patient in need of medical care. The suit also alleges she was not adequately checked on during her recovery, and more thorough medical care could have prevented her death.
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