'She was begging for help.' - Mother of woman who died in Brooklyn Central Booking custody wants case reopened

It has been seven years since Kyam Livingston died awaiting arrangement at Brooklyn Central Booking, and her mother wants the case reopened.

News 12 Staff

Jul 21, 2020, 11:32 PM

Updated 1,403 days ago

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It has been seven years since Kyam Livingston died awaiting arrangement at Brooklyn Central Booking, and her mother wants the case reopened.
Each year, Livingston’s mother, Anita Neal, hosts a rally in her honor. 
Now, in the wake of George Floyd’s death, there’s a new push to possibly reopen the criminal case. Her family says her pleas for help were ignored. 
A criminal case that has since been closed was launched after Livingston’s family says she was suffering from severe stomach pain at Brooklyn Central Booking following an arrest for a minor alcohol offense. 
"Kyam had colitis, she had asthma, she was begging for help,” said Neal. 
Neal says she later died from that pain, which she says she believes could have been prevented if someone just answered her daughter’s plea. 
Even on one of the hottest days of the year, a caravan of cars circled Church Avenue, where Livingston once lived. 
"Just looking for the recognition that she's being noticed, that she's not been forgotten,” said Neal. 
Livingston died back in 2013, and every year her mother shows up and changes the number on a sign.
"This was my firstborn,” said Neal.


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