Ohio man sued over death of woman who answered ad

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The family of an expectant mother has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the former doctor accused of raping and killing her, the Ohio hospital where he worked and Craigslist, where they met.

The lawsuit filed Monday in county court blames former doctor Ali Salim for killing Deanna Ballman by injecting her with heroin after she answered a Craigslist ad he placed for cleaning services.

The lawsuit says Craigslist should have known Salim was dangerous because other women who’d answered his ads had reported problems. It also alleges that Salim used syringes he took from Knox Community Hospital.

Messages seeking comment were left Tuesday for Salim’s defense attorney, the hospital and Craigslist.

Salim has pleaded not guilty to his criminal charges.

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