Doctor Pleads Guilty In Connection With Pregnant Mother's Death


The doctor accused in the death of a pregnant mother entered guilty pleas Thursday morning.

Dr. Ali Salim admitted responsibility in the death of 23-year-old Deanna Ballman.

Ballman was killed in July 2012. She was found dead of heroin intoxication in her car near Westerville.

Ballman, a mother of two who was nine months pregnant, had responded to an online job ad that Salim placed.

Salim, 45, of New Albany, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, rape, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.

“The deaths of Deanna Ballman and baby Mabel are senseless and tragic,” said Assisting Prosecuting Attorney, Kyle Rohrer. “Mr. Salim faces 37 years in prison, but no prison sentence will ever make up for the loss this family has suffered.”

Deanna’s grandmother, Sigrid Ballman, says she feels robbed of never getting to rock her great-grandchild to sleep after the unborn child was killed along with her mother.

"I don't get to rock my great-grandaughter like I did the rest of my grandkids. He took two lives and he just sits there like he didn't do anything wrong," said Sigrid Ballman.

She said she feels event the maximum penalty is not enough.

Neighbors living near Salim cannot believe that he's being allowed out of jail and kept on house arrest until his sentencing.

Amy Bango lives behind Dr. Salim's New Albany home.

"I am completely shocked after he what he plead to, then and be able to come home. I'm shocked," said Bango.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 20.

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