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How the Mitrice Richardson case was handled

June 30, 2010 |  1:55 pm


It has been more than nine months since Mitrice Richardson went missing after she was released from the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station in the dark.

Numerous searches have failed to find her.

http://latimes.image2.trb.com/lanews/media/photo/2009-12/51058252.jpgOn Tuesday, her family filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against Los Angeles County and Sheriff's Department officials. Citing video footage of Richardson in a holding cell that shows her behaving in an infantile manner, Latice Sutton blamed the Sheriff's Department for failing to give her daughter a medical or psychiatric evaluation.

The Sheriff's Department has maintained that Richardson seemed lucid and normal during the several hours she was held at the station.

Read more on the Richardson case here. In the video above, The Times' Carla Hall discusses the search for Richardson.

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Credit: Family photo