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Doctor faces murder charge in death of pregnant woman

NEW ALBANY, Ohio – A central Ohio doctor has been charged with murder in the death of a pregnant woman found in her car.

Ali Salim of New Albany was indicted Wednesday in Delaware County on nine felony counts in the death of 23-year-old Deanna Ballman and her unborn child. Those charges include rape, assault, kidnapping, corrupting another with drugs, abuse of a corpse and evidence tampering.

Salim was in jail Wednesday. Court records listed no attorney.

Ballman lived in Pataskala and was reported missing before her body was found Aug. 1 northeast of Columbus. A coroner determined she died of acute heroin intoxication.

Relatives said Ballman went to New Albany for a house-cleaning job from an online classified ad. Her mother said Ballman called saying she wasn’t feeling well, and then the call dropped.

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