Botched Butt Lift, Bronx Woman Charged in Death

Phony Doc Injected Silicone 

BRONX– A phony plastic surgeon’s injection of silicone, as part of a botched butt lift, killed the patient, prosecutors said. The Castle Hill woman has been charged in the victim’s death.

District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx woman has been indicted for Manslaughter and other charges for allegedly providing illegal silicone injections that caused the death of a 48-year-old woman.

District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant allegedly illegally injected the victim with a silicone substance for cosmetic purposes. Tragically, the injections killed the victim, who had traveled from Philadelphia to the Bronx for the procedure.”

Clark said the defendant, Whalesca Castillo, 44, of Seward Avenue, was arraigned on second-degree Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide and Unauthorized Practice before Bronx Supreme Court Justice David Lewis. 

Bail was set at $150,000 bond and the defendant is due back in court on April 18, 2019. If convicted of the top charge, she could face up to 15 years in prison.

According to the investigation, on or about June 17, 2018, in the defendant’s home, Castillo injected a silicone substance into the body of Lesbia Ayala, as part of an illegal cosmetic procedure to enhance the buttocks of the victim. 

The defendant did not have a license to practice medicine or cosmetic surgery. 

The victim died of systemic silicone embolism syndrome shortly after receiving the injections. 

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.


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