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UK woman held in NYC after extradition in buttocks-jab death

August 16, 2019

LONDON (AP) — A British beautician is jailed in New York after being charged with killing an American woman with a botched buttocks injection in New York.

Queens Acting District Attorney John Ryan announced Friday that Donna Francis was extradited and arraigned on charges including criminally negligent homicide. She’s being held without bail.

Her lawyer, Kevin O’Donnell, says Francis pleaded not guilty. He notes she’s presumed innocent.

Francis is accused of injecting 34-year-old Kelly Mayhew in a Queens basement in May 2015. Mayhew had traveled from Suitland, Maryland, for the procedure.

Authorities say that Francis is not a licensed nurse or physician, and that Mayhew died because the procedure wasn’t done properly.

The 38-year-old Francis unsuccessfully fought extradition.

Illicit silicone injections have caused multiple deaths in the United States.

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