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Ohio doctor arrested after raping and killing pregnant woman

By Mason White 6:36 PM February 27, 2013
Ali Salim 

By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) A doctor was arrested and charged with rape and murder related charges after raping and killing a pregnant woman, according to court proceedings in Ohio.

The central Ohio doctor was charged Wednesday with rape and two counts of murder in the death of the pregnant woman, whose body was found last summer in her car after she had gone to work as a cleaner at a house.

Ali Salim, of New Albany was indicted by a Delaware County grand jury of nine felony charges in the death of 23-year-old Deanna Ballman and her unborn child.

Ballman, who lived in Pataskala and was nine months pregnant, was reported missing the day before her body was found in a vehicle parked near a highway northeast of Columbus. A coroner determined that she died of acute heroin intoxication.

Relatives said that she had gone to a home in New Albany to clean after an online classified advertisement was placed. Her mother said that Ballman called saying that she was not feeling well and then the call was dropped.

Salim, 44, was charged with two counts each of murder and tampering with evidence, as well as individual accounts of rape, assault, kidnapping, corrupting others with drugs and abuse of a corpse.

Salim was arrested at his home and taken to jail Wednesday pending his arraignment Thursday afternoon, the sheriff and the prosecutor said.

Salim was born in Pakistan and trained there at King Edward Medical College, graduating in 1993. He told the State Medical Board of Ohio that his specialties are internal medicine, emergency medicine and psychiatry.

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