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Former Ohio doctor admits killing pregnant woman with heroin

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A former Ohio doctor has pleaded guilty in the heroin death of an expectant mother who died after answering a Craigslist ad.

Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Julie Datko said Ali Salim pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of abuse of a corpse.

Datko said Salim also entered a type of guilty plea to a count of rape where he maintains his innocence but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.

The 44-year-old Salim entered the pleas Thursday ahead of his scheduled trial.

Salim was charged with kidnapping, raping and killing Deanna Ballman last year by injecting her with heroin, as well as killing her unborn daughter. Investigators said Ballman answered a personal ad placed by Salim.

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