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US Sued for $60 Million After Infant in Detention Later Died

Juarez's lawyers say Mariee developed a respiratory illness while she and her mother were detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center

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    US Sued for $60 Million After Infant in Detention Later Died
    AP/ Eric Gay
    In this June 30, 2015, file photo, signs are seen at the entrance to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

    The mother of a toddler who died weeks after being released from the nation's largest family detention center has filed a legal claim seeking $60 million from the U.S. government for the child's death.

    Attorneys for Yazmin Juarez submitted the claim against multiple agencies Tuesday. Juarez's 1-year-old daughter, Mariee, died in May.

    Juarez's lawyers say Mariee developed a respiratory illness while she and her mother were detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. They accuse U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of releasing the pair while Mariee was still sick.

    The girl died six weeks later in Philadelphia.

    Washington-based law firm Arnold & Porter says it will file a lawsuit if the government doesn't settle its claim.

    A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the agency wouldn't comment on pending litigation. Other agencies didn't immediately respond to messages.