State Suspends License Of Doctor Accused In Pregnant Mother's Death


A doctor accused in the death of a pregnant mother is no longer allowed to practice medicine.

According the State Medical Board, the state suspended the medical license of Ali Salim, who is accused of killing Deanna Ballman, who was nine months pregnant at the time of her death.

Salim is charged with two counts of murder as well as rape, felonious assault, corrupting another with drugs, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.   

Deanna Ballman, who was a mother of two and nine-months-pregnant, was found dead of heroin intoxication in her car last summer near Westerville. Ballman had responded to an online job ad that Salim placed.

Salim posted bond in February and has been required to wear a GPS monitor. He consented on Wednesday to his medical license suspension.  

He said he has not practiced medicine since last August.

Salim has said he is not guilty.

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