COOK COUNTY, Ill. (April 21, 2015) -- A mother is suing the Cook County Sheriff's Department accusing officers of taking inappropriate nude photos of her daughter's dead body.
According to WGN-TV, Jessica Mejia, 20, was killed in 2009 when a car driven by her ex-boyfriend crashed into a pole in unincorporated Cook County.
The lawsuit claims deputies improperly removed her clothing at the scene and took nude photos.
"This was a young lady that just died and was treated with less dignity than a deer carcass you find on the side of the road," Don Perry, the attorney representing the Mejia family, told the Chicago Tribune.
The trial is scheduled to begin next Monday. A spokesperson says the department acted appropriately to preserve evidence.
The driver, Nicholas Sord, pleaded guilty last fall to drunken driving and was sentenced to 56 months in prison.