Ohio doctor in heroin death loses license

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A central Ohio doctor sentenced to more than 36 years in prison last year for causing the death of an expectant mother with a heroin overdose has been stripped of his medical license.

The state medical board on Wednesday said it revoked the license of 45-year-old Ali Salim. He had pleaded guilty last year to two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the 2012 deaths of Deanna Ballman and her nearly full-term child in Delaware County, near Columbus.

The 23-year-old Ballman was found dead in the backseat of her car on a rural road a few miles from Salim’s house the day after she answered an online ad that Salim had placed soliciting sex. Prosecutors said Salim injected her with heroin.

Salim has appealed the length of his prison term.

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