A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Bernalillo County District Court in the death of 4-month-old Savanna Smith.
Savanna was in foster care under the supervision of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department at the time of her death on June 2, 2017.
“It’s sadly another story of a child who is very, very vulnerable being placed by the state in an unsafe substitute care environment,” said Michael Hart, one of the attorneys who filed the suit on behalf of Savanna’s estate. “In this case, it was an even less safe environment.”
The lawsuit accuses defendants Jeremy G. Sanchez and Cassandra M. Sanchez of “reckless, careless and indifferent” conduct when the child was in their care. Roxanne Sanchez is also named as a defendant. The three are Bernalillo County residents.