A woman is facing murder charges stemming from the death of a tourist from London who received an illegal buttocks-enhancing procedure in the United States.
Padge Windslowe, 42, was charged in the February 2011 death of Claudia Aderotimi, 20, after a series of silicone injections performed at a hotel near Philadelphia Airport.
Windslowe, who police said uses multiple aliases, was arraigned on charges of third-degree murder, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime and unauthorised practice of medicine. Windslowe, who also bills herself as a musical artist and uses the stage name “Black Madam”, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on August 8.
“Padge Windslowe’s arrogance and blatant disregard for human life is shocking,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “Her conduct cost one young woman her life and placed countless others in danger.”
Windslowe was free for more than a year between Aderotimi’s death and her February 2012 arrest at what police called a “pumping party” in a Philadelphia home. That arrest was for assault and related charges in a separate incident that authorities said landed a woman in the hospital for two weeks with severe respiratory problems from silicone particles lodging in her lungs.
“The defendant put her own greed above the public’s health and safety,” Williams said, “and instead of being remorseful, she bragged about prospective clients.”
Aderotimi complained of chest pains and shortness of breath after receiving the injection on February 7, 2011, police said. Prosecutors said Windslowe told the woman to drink fluids and call an ambulance if necessary, then left. Aderotimi died hours later at a suburban Philadelphia hospital.
Substances including liquid silicone, paraffin and petroleum jelly have been used illegally to enlarge women’s breasts, hips and buttocks in other cases.