A Quartz Hill family sued Los Angeles County and the Sheriff's Department on Wednesday over the stabbing death of their mother by her daughter's ex-boyfriend, an attorney for the family said.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court seeks an unspecified amount of damages, said attorney Ronald Papell.
Sheriff's officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was brought by the family of Dorothy Waguespack, 53, who was stabbed to death in her home by her daughter's ex-boyfriend Feb. 5, Papell said. Larry Howard Rogers, 20, of Lancaster was arrested in Nevada several days after the slaying and confessed to the killing, but hanged himself in a Nevada jail before he could be returned to Los Angeles County for trial, Papell said.
The lawsuit alleges that the Sheriff's Department could have prevented Waguespack's death if deputies had responded promptly to her daughter's phone call for help, and that the department was negligent in failing to protect the Waguespack family, Papell said.
Rogers had been harassing the Waguespack family after breaking up with Abigail Waguespack, who filed as many as six complaints with the Sheriff's Department and was in the process of getting a restraining order against Rogers prior to her mother's death, Papell said.