Woman charged over silicone death
A woman who calls herself the Black Madam is facing murder charges stemming from the death of a British tourist who received an illegal buttocks-enhancing procedure.
Padge Windslowe, 42, was charged in the February 2011 death of Claudia Aderotimi, 20, from London, following a series of silicone injections performed at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport.
Windslowe, who police said uses multiple aliases, was remanded on charges of third-degree murder, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime and unauthorised practice of medicine.
Windslowe, who also bills herself as a musical artist and uses the stage name Black Madam, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on August 8.
"Padge Winslowe's arrogance and blatant disregard for human life is shocking," district attorney Seth Williams said. "Her conduct cost one young woman her life and placed countless others in danger."
Windslowe was free for more than a year between Ms Aderotimi's death and her February 2012 arrest at what police called a "pumping party" in a Philadelphia home.
"The defendant put her own greed above the public's health and safety," Mr Williams said, "and instead of being remorseful, she bragged about prospective clients."
Ms Aderotimi complained of chest pains and shortness of breath after receiving the injection on February 7, 2011, police said. Prosecutors said Windslowe told the woman to drink fluids and call an ambulance if necessary, then left. Ms Aderotimi died hours later at a suburban Philadelphia hospital.
Investigators said they knew Windslowe had injected Ms Aderotimi, but the Delaware County medical examiner's office was awaiting test results from the Food and Drug Administration before determining the cause of death.
After receiving those results, the coroner ruled Ms Aderotimi's death a homicide, concluding that she died from a blood clot that lodged in her lung because of complications from the silicone injection.