The woman who acted as a nurse during a fatal back-alley butt lift procedure is now facing manslaughter charges.
WABC in New York reports police arrested 44-year-old Allison Spence at her Queens, New York home Thursday for her role in the death of Latesha Bynum, a Harlem mother of two. However, the doctor who performed the illegal silicone injections is still on the run.
While not approved by the FDA, silicone buttock injections are used by many people unable to afford high-price, FDA-approved body contouring, which must be performed by a licensed plastic surgeon.
According to New York’s Daily News, on July 15 Bynum went to a Dunkin’ Donuts in downtown Manhattan to meet with a “nurse” who would take her to see the doctor, who worked out of an apartment nearby. After receiving the injections, she went home but called 911 that evening when she began experiencing dizziness and chest pains.
Bynum was rushed to Harlem’s St. Luke's Hospital, where she soon went into a coma and was declared brain dead. She died two weeks later after being taken off life support.
According to the website DNA.info, her death was ruled a homicide earlier this month by the Office of the Medical Examiner. The cause of death was determined to be systemic embolization of silicone injections for cosmetic augmentation of buttocks.
Upon hearing of Spence’s arrest, Latesha’s mother Bertie Bynum told the Daily News “That’s the most beautiful news I heard.” Allison Spence’s family, however, felt she was being unfairly targeted. While her sister Lisa admitted that Spence had no background in medicine, she told the Daily News, "My sister never injected anybody." While police have yet to name who did give Latesha Bynum her fatal treatment, according to WPIX 11 they are still looking for a second person involved in her death.