Homicide charge in butt augmentation - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide

Homicide charge in butt augmentation

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:30 am

A 38-year-old woman has been extradited from London to face homicide charges after a Queens County grand jury indicted her in 2016. Donna Francis — whom authorities said is not a doctor — allegedly performed a butt enhancement procedure on a Maryland woman, causing her death in May 2015.

Francis’ last known New York address was on Huxley Street in Rosedale.

“The defendant is alleged to have set up a temporary medical practice in the basement of a Far Rockaway home with a massage table and silicone gel purchased from Ebay,” acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said in a statement issued by his office. “The victim in this case traveled from Maryland with her mother and $1,600 cash and the hope of returning home with the perfect figure. Sadly, she never returned home. She died as the defendant allegedly pumped a clear liquid substance into the woman’s backside, causing her to go into cardiac arrest. The defendant, who fought extradition, now faces prison time for these alleged egregious actions.”

Francis fled to London and, Ryan said, fought extradition, but was brought back to Queens last week. She was arraigned before acting Queens Supreme Court Justice John Zoll on an indictment charging her with criminally negligent homicide and unauthorized practice of a profession.

Francis’ next court date is Sept. 27, 2019. If convicted, the defendant faces up to a year in jail, pursuant to the extradition order limiting a sentence greater than one year.

According to the charges, on May 30, 2015, a 34-year-old woman traveled with her mother from her home in Maryland, to meet with Francis for a buttock augmentation procedure. Shortly after 6 p.m. that evening the victim’s mother called 911. The victim was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The medical examiner determined that her cause of death was systemic silicone emboli. Authorities said any silicone injected into a human body must be encapsulated to avoid free silicone from entering the bloodstream and causing an embolism.

Francis allegedly fled the scene and left the country the following day.