New Albany Doctor Charged With Murder Of Pregnant Woman

Police have charged Dr. Ali Salim with administering a lethal dose of heroin to Deanna Ballman and her unborn baby last summer.(Photo: MySpace)
Police have charged Dr. Ali Salim with administering a lethal dose of heroin to Deanna Ballman and her unborn baby last summer.(Photo: MySpace)

A New Albany doctor has been charged with two counts of murder in the death of a young Pataskala woman and her unborn baby.

Deanna Ballman, 23, was eight months pregnant when she was found dead inside a car in rural Delaware County last summer. Family members said she went missing while responding to a Craigslist job ad for cleaning a house in the New Albany area.

Police quickly zeroed in on a home owned by physician Ali Salim. He’s now charged with giving Ballman a lethal dose of heroin before raping her.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says he was arrested at his home today and taken to the county jail while awaiting arraignment.

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