Beautician arrested in buttocks injection death served 2 prison terms

NEW YORK — A New York City woman accused of killing a patient at an illegal cosmetic surgery clinic has previously served two prison terms for unlicensed silicone injections.

Whalesca Castillo is walked by police on Jan. 3. 2019. (PIX11)

The New York Times reports that 44-year-old Whalesca Castillo served a year in prison in 2011 and nine months in 2014 on charges relating to operating an illegal medical clinic.

Castillo was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide Wednesday in the June 17 death of Lesbia Ayala, of Philadelphia.

Authorities say Ayala had an embolism when Castillo injected silicone into her buttocks and thighs.

Castillo is expected to appear in court Thursday. Her attorney, Robert Osuna, told the Times he could not comment on the charges.

Court papers from her earlier arrests show Castillo charged $1,500 for each procedure.

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