A North Carolina woman is facing second degree murder charges after she performed unlicensed silicone buttocks injections on a teenager that led to the teen’s death.
According to Salisbury Police, Kavonceya Iman Cornelius, 42, also known as Kenneth Rudolph Cornelius, caused the death of 19-year-old Eugene Jones II after conducting silicone injections at her home, the Charlotte Observer reported.
Police said Jones, who was “transitioning” from a man to a woman, died in Fayetteville due to complications from the procedure on January 12.
WTVD in Durham reported that Jones, known as Symone, was on “a journey to further her womanhood”. Symone had already received breast implants from a licensed plastic surgery facility in Miami, and went to Cornelius’ clinic in Charlotte for silicone buttocks injections despite warnings from her mother not to undergo the procedure. Days later, according to authorities, Symone died when the non-medical grade silicone entered her bloodstream and poisoned her.
On Monday, a warrant for second degree murder was issued for Kavonceya Cornelius. According to the Salisbury Post, the woman turned herself in to authorities on the same day. She wasn’t granted bond and was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center.
Investigators claim the they learned about Cornelius’ unlicensed clinic back in February following a tip from another patient who became sick after receiving silicone injections. “As a result, the victim now has very serious health problems,” police said in a statement.
Police also said the investigation found Cornelius conducted the medical procedures with a non-medical grade silicone.
Deaths from illegal silicone butt injections are not unusual in the South, where patients seek out less expensive procedures from unlicensed providers. Serious health problems up to and including death can result if the silicone enters the bloodstream. Numerous unlicensed providers of these butt injections have faced criminal charges in recent years.