A mother is speaking out following the death of two children who visited a dental office in Yuma.
Nearly six years later, Elva Aranda is sharing her experience at Kool Smiles, who claims her daughter was being choked by a dental assistant in Summer 2012.
"It was a horrible experience, a horrible experience because when you see someone else hurting your child, you feel helpless," said Aranda.
Aranda says while her daughter was getting her regular checkup, the dental assistant was acting aggressively towards her daughter during the procedure. She claims the dental assistant was adding pressure to her daughter's neck as if she was choking her without realizing it.
"You know the suction tool, she started putting that into my daughter's mouth, and that was making her "gag". I'm here looking at my daughter, and I'm seeing her gag because that tool was shoved in her mouth and I started comforting here saying "it's okay, you're going to be okay" but I did not see that this lady had her whole hand shoved into my daughter's neck choking her."
Aranda quickly reacted and stopped the procedure from continuing and reported the incident to the management at the office.
"She took my pictures, she took my information, and she looked at me and said "We're going to take care of it" and I didn't hear from them and that's what upset me."
With the recent deaths uncovered last week of 4-year-old Lizeth Lares and 2-year-old Zion Gastelum linked to Kool Smiles within the last two years, Aranda feels the need to share her story hoping others will come forward.
Aranda has responded to this statement in shock and disbelief and questions the management if they're reporting incidents that occur in their office.