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Bronx beautician sentenced to prison after unlicensed silicone butt injection leads to woman's death
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Bronx beautician sentenced to prison after unlicensed silicone butt injection leads to woman's death

A beautician was sentenced to 4 to 8 years in prison for killing a woman from an unlicensed silicone butt injection in the Bronx borough of New York City.

49-year-old Whalesca Castillo pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter over the death of 43-year-old Lesbia Ayala from Philadelphia. Castillo had given Ayala the butt injection in June 2017 at an apartment, but she was unlicensed and is not a medical professional.

Ayala collapsed after the injection after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was declared dead after being transported to a hospital.

“The defendant illegally injected the victim with a silicone substance for cosmetic purposes,” read a statement from Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.

“Tragically, the injections killed the victim," Clark said. "The defendant also performed a dangerous cosmetic procedure that left another woman with substantial pain.”

Investigators said the woman charged about $1,500 for the unlicensed injections, far less than the usual price by licensed practitioners.

"I'm very ashamed about what happened, I am so sorry," said Castillo in court.

Prosecutors documented numerous times that Castillo had been caught previously to the manslaughter charge. She had been sentenced to prison in 2012 over illegal cosmetic surgeries and also in 2014.

Vanessa Ayala, the sister of the victim, angrily denounced the sentence as being far too lenient.

"Four years is not enough," she said. "This is not the first time she did what she did. This was her third time. The last time resulted in my sister's death. There's no way that four years is justice."

Investigators said Castillo used silicone mailed to her by her friends in Dominican Republic, where she is originally from.

“These cases hopefully will serve as a warning to the public to not undergo unauthorized procedures that can gravely threaten their health or even cause death,” Clark concluded.

Here's more about the sentencing:

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Carlos Garcia

Carlos Garcia

Staff Writer

Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News. You can reach him at cgarcia@blazemedia.com.