A Queens, New York, woman allegedly helped conduct an illegal back-alley butt injection procedure that killed a Harlem mother over the summer.
The New York Daily News reports that Allison Spence, 44, was charged Thursday with manslaughter and unauthorized practice of a profession in connection with the death of Latesha Bynum, 37. Bynum died two weeks after getting the injections at an unlicensed facility on July 15.
Police said mother called 911 hours following the procedure after experiencing chest pains and dizziness. Her brother told WPIX that Bynum spent two weeks in a coma before she died.
The Office of the Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide and determined the cause to be complications from silicone butt injections, according to DNAinfo.
Spence is believed to have acted as the “nurse” during the deadly incident. She allegedly met with Bynum prior to the procedure.
The suspect’s sister, Lisa Spence, told the Daily News that Allison has no medical background.
“My sister told me she just massaged the body muscles where she got injected,” Lisa Spence said. “My sister never injected anybody.”
Lisa also portrayed the “doctor,” Allison’s boyfriend who allegedly administered the fatal butt injections, as the true criminal.
“[He] has done this for a long time. She [Allison] told us they had a place in the city that they rented.”
A police source told WPIX that authorities are searching for a second suspect who allegedly introduced himself to Bynum as the doctor.
“That’s the most beautiful news I heard,” the victim’s mother, Bertie Bynum, 51, told the Daily News following Spence’s arrest.
“They took my daughter. She should be in jail. She should do life.”
Allison’s arraignment is scheduled for Friday.
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