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Woman jailed after dancer dies during bum-enhancement injection

A woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for causing the death of a nightclub dancer who got an illicit bum-enhancing injection.

Daysha Phillips, 22, had liquid silicone injected into her bum on July 26, 2015, a treatment that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

On Thursday, April 1, Nitica Deonte Lee, 49, pleaded guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter – 1st Degree, and was sentenced by Judge Kristine Kerr to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Ms Lee, who is not a medical professional, pleaded guilty to recklessly injecting Ms Phillips in the buttocks with silicone, causing her death by silicone pulmonary embolism four days later on July 30, 2015.

Reports from the time of the incident said she had been rushed to hospital two days after the procedure suffering from breathing difficulties.

Following the death Ms Lee, who had travelled from Dallas to deliver the injection at a hotel near the St. Louis airport, went on the run for five years, spending some time in Mexico, authorities said this week.

She was finally taken safely into custody by the Dallas Police Department on July 23, 2020, nearly five years to the date after Ms Phillips' death.

Special Agent in Charge Charles L. Grinstead, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Kansas City Field Office, said: "Liquid silicone injected into individuals’ bodies can cause serious harm and even death, as this tragic case shows.

"The FDA has not approved any liquid silicone product for body enhancements.

"We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and bring to justice those who endanger the public health by offering unapproved and unsafe products to the public."

The Edmundson Police Department investigated the incident.

"We commend the victim’s family for their superhuman patience, fueled by love, that kept them focused on justice in the many years that this reckless individual willfully evaded our law enforcement partners," St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said.

He went on: "We also want people who endanger and destroy the lives of others to know that we will eventually find you and bring you to justice."

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