plagued

plague
: a large number of harmful or annoying things
: a disease that causes death and that spreads quickly to a large number of people
Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagued
“Denver had explained the girl in her house who plagued her mother as a cousin come to visit” (Morison 143)
The meaning in the context is the harmful situation the girl’s mother suffered from.

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