The family of Kenneka Jenkins, the teen who was found dead in a Chicago hotel’s kitchen freezer last year, is suing for $50 million in damages.

The family held a press conference on Tuesday to announce their lawsuit against the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel, the hotel's third-party security team and the restaurant in charge of the freezer, according to ABC30.

"Through pure negligence, someone noticed that the doors in the kitchen were open. They locked them; they locked them like they should have been locked. They locked the freezer. And, unfortunately, they locked Kenneka into the freezer," attorney Geoffrey Fieger said.

Security footage shows no one else opened the freezer or entered the kitchen until Jenkins’ corpse was discovered. An autopsy determined the 19-year-old died from hypothermia. She also had alcohol and an epilepsy drug in her system.

Tereasa Martin, Jenkins’ mother, said the hotel has been secretive about the circumstances of her daughter’s death, reports WGN TV.

"I feel like I was seeking answers that I have not received until now," Martin said.

The hotel acknowledged the sad circumstances of Jenkins’ death but said it intends to fight the lawsuit.

“The death of Kenneka Jenkins was a tragedy, but the proximate cause of her death were the unsavory individuals who used a stolen credit card to book a room and host an illegal party which Ms. Jenkins attended,” the Crowne Plaza said in a statement. “Those criminals escaped the hotel before police arrived and have never truly been held accountable. This lawsuit has no merit, and we will vigorously contest it.”

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