PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. woman accused of performing illegal buttocks-enhancing procedures faces a murder charge after a tourist from London died from a silicone injection, police said Tuesday.
Padge Windslowe, who calls herself the “Black Madam,” was arrested Monday on charges connected to the February 2011 death of Claudia Aderotimi following buttocks injections at a Philadelphia hotel, police said.
Court records indicated Windslowe was arraigned Tuesday morning.
Aderotimi, 20, a London resident who was not a British citizen, complained of chest pains and shortness of breath after receiving the injection from Windslowe, police said. She died at a hospital.
Windslowe was arrested in February 2012 at what police called a “pumping party” at a Philadelphia home. That arrest was for assault and related charges in a separate incident that authorities said left a client with severe lung problems from silicone that entered her bloodstream.
Illegal injections using substances including liquid silicone, paraffin and petroleum jelly have been used to enlarge women’s breasts, hips and buttocks in other cases. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA don’t keep data on injuries or deaths caused by illicit cosmetic injections, cases have been reported across the country and beyond. In one high-profile case, Solange Magnano, a model and former Miss Argentina, died in Buenos Aires in 2009 from complications after injections on her buttocks.
Authorities said they knew Windslowe had injected 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.
That office referred questions to the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, but prosecutors did not immediately comment.
A phone message left for the attorney in Windslowe’s February arrest wasn’t immediately returned.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.