So horrific! A woman who was 9 months pregnant with her third child was killed by a lethal heroin injection given to her by a former doctor who was using Craigslist to solicit sexual partners. The mom had turned to prostitution to make ends meet when she left her husband and had two children and a baby on the way to support.
Deanna Ballman, 23, was found dead of a drug overdose in the back seat of her car a day after answering a Craiglist ad for sex and meeting at the home of Ali Salim, a 44-year-old former doctor. Salim was charged in her death and pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter — after he was accused of injecting the pregnant mom with heroin, killing her and her unborn baby — tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.
Pregnant Mom Killed By Lethal Heroin Injection From Craigslist Sex Solicitor
Deanna Ballman was about to give birth to a daughter she decided to name Mabel when a Craiglist encounter turned horrific.
She met up with Salim, who used the website Craigslist “extensively” to meet sexual partners, references in his ad postings to exchanging drugs for sex, including heroin, according to court filings from his Oct. 2013 trial which were released on Dec. 12. He wrote prescriptions for hard drugs and bought heroin for the women who came to his home, reported The Daily Mail.
There was video evidence of Salim with a nude and unconscious Ballman who was suffering distress signs consistent with heroin distress, according to investigators hoping to also prove Salim guilty of rape. Salim plead guilty to the rape charge, asserting his innocence while acknowledging that the court had enough evidence for a conviction.
Former Doctor Pleads Guilty To Charges Of Manslaughter & Rape
Salim’s lawyer, Sam Shamansky, previously alleged that Ballman was a prostitute feeding a drug habit, but investigators revealed there was no evidence to believe she had been a drug user.
The former emergency room physician did not help the mother during the overdose, but instead allegedly tried to hide the bodies. “Without regard for mother or child, he dumped their bodies in a remote location as if he was taking out his trash,” according to the court filing.
Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this difficult time.
— Maxine Studebaker