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Pediatrician Indicted in Infant Daughter’s Death

June 15, 1989

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A pediatrician has been charged with murder in the suffocation death of her 7-week-old daughter.

Dr. Katherine Kiyomi Shiraki Perez, 33, surrendered to the authorities Wednesday night and was charged with the April 13 death of Sarah Perez.

Judge Thomas Nurre freed her on a $24,000 property bond and set an arraignment for Friday.

Mrs. Perez and her husband, Dr. Ricardo Victor Perez, said they found the infant dead in their suburban home. The infant was born Feb. 22.

Seth Tieger, an assistant Hamilton County prosecutor, said an autopsy led to an investigation that resulted in the indictment by a Hamilton County grand jury. He declined to give details.

The husband was not involved in the case, Tieger said.

Mrs. Perez has a private practice in nearby Fort Thomas, Ky.

The Kansas City, Mo., native has a degree from the University of Hawaii and is licensed to practice in Ohio and Kentucky.

David Carby, general consul for the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, said the board would investigate the case.

Lauren Lubow, spokeswoman for the Ohio State Medical Board, said Mrs. Perez had not been the subject of any formal disciplinary actions since she was licensed to practice in Ohio in July 1985. Ms. Lubow would not say whether Mrs. Perez had been the subject of any complaints.

Mrs. Perez could have her medical license suspended, although an indictment doesn’t automatically lead to suspension, Ms. Lubow said.

″I’m not sure that this would be enough for a summary suspension,″ Ms. Lubow said. She said that determination would be left to the Medical Board.

A 1987 state law allows the state Medical Board to automatically suspend the licenses of physicians who are found guilty or plead guilty to any of 10 crimes, including murder, Ms. Lubow said.

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