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Criminal defense: beautician charged with manslaughter

| Jan 3, 2019 | Criminal Defense

A bizarre case in the Bronx has led to the arrest of a beautician, according to authorities. New York City police arrested the 44-year-old woman, who was operating her business without a license, after an allegedly botched buttocks-enhancement procedure left another woman dead. She faces charges of manslaughter and unauthorized practice of a profession. She will be represented in court by a criminal defense attorney when she faces these charges at an unknown future date. 

According to the unusual report, a 48-year-old woman from out of state allegedly went to the beautician on June 17 to receive injections in her buttocks and thighs. These injections, composed of silicone, are a popular but expensive aesthetic procedure that are often not covered under health insurance. According to police, they were called to the home on the same day, where they found the woman in cardiac arrest.

The woman was rushed to a local hospital and was pronounced dead later that day. Her death was ruled a homicide by the local medical examiner. The beautician was arrested and charged. However, it is unclear whether she remains in police custody at this time or if she has been released on bail. It is also not confirmed whether she has retained criminal defense counsel. 

Unlicensed medical procedures of this type are very dangerous, both to the practitioner and the subject. However, in this case, New York prosecutors will have to prove that the injections the woman was given were the direct cause of her death. The beautician’s criminal defense attorney will work to suggest another cause for the woman’s death, possibly even calling in expert testimony to support such a claim.