The family of a pregnant woman, who was injected with heroin, raped and killed has filed suit against the doctor charged in her death, the hospital where he worked and Craigslist.
Deanna Ballman’s family seeks $40 million for the emotional toll of her death and the death of her unborn daughter, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Ohio’s Delaware County Common Pleas Court.
Ali Salim, the doctor accused of killing the 23-year-old Ballman, was an emergency-department psychiatrist at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon when Ballman’s body was found. She had been about to give birth to her third child and had told her mother that she was answering a Craigslist ad to clean a house.
Police and Ballman’s family say Salim injected heroin into Ballman’s leg and then raped her. Her body was found in her car, the day after she left for the housecleaning job.
Gregory Helser, the Granville lawyer representing Ballman’s family, said he would not comment on the lawsuit, other than to say that “no amount of money” would ever put Ballman’s family back together, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Salim, whose medical license has been suspended, is charged with murder in both Ballman’s death and the death of her unborn daughter. He also is accused of raping Ballman and assaulting her unborn daughter. He is awaiting his October trial at his home and is being monitored by a GPS tracking device. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
According to the suit, Craigslist should have known Salim was a danger to women after numerous complaints were made to both local police – who notified the site of the danger he posed – and directly to the site by abused women, reported Mail Online.
"Craigslist was on notice and knew or should have known defendant Ali Salim was inherently dangerous to its Internet users," the suit said.
Knox Community Hospital is also being held liable in Ballman’s death, according to the suit, which accuses the hospital of negligence for allegedly allowing Salim to take the needles he is said to have used to inject the deceased mother with heroin, as well as not keeping adequate track of the narcotics being taken.