A B.C. teenager has filed a lawsuit against the provincial government after her mom died in a Surrey prison more than a decade ago.
The 13 year old girl, who is being represented by the Public Guardian Trustee of British Columbia, alleges staff at the Surrey Pre Trial Centre were negligent in caring for her mother, Shannon Pyper, who died in September 2005.
The suit says Pyper had an extensive mental health history with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, but was placed in general population despite a recommendation for her to be placed on the Mentally Disordered Offender Unit.
The suit alleges staff failed to send Pyper to the hospital after she ingested a toxic cleaning degreaser solution.
Her daughter claims she’s suffered a loss of support, love, guidance and companionship.
She is suing for general and special damages.
BC Corrections spokesperson Amy Lapsley says it will review the notice of claim and respond through the appropriate court process.
None of the allegations has been proven in court.