New Jersey woman charged in butt injection death

Kemberly Richardson reports
March 11, 2014 2:47:00 PM PDT
A woman is facing assault charges, accused of trying to give a woman an illegal butt lift that police say led to her death.

In July, according to New York City police, Tamira Mobley was injecting the victim, Tamara Blaine, with silicone when Blaine had a seizure. Blaine, 22, was later pronounced dead at St. Luke's Hospital. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide Oct. 7 after observing puncture wounds on the victim's buttocks during an autopsy.

According to police, Mobley, 28, of Woodridge, N.J., paid for a room July 8 at the Liberty Inn Hotel in the Meatpacking District where she performed the procedure. She was arrested Monday and is charged with first-degree assault and second-degree manslaughter. Mobley does not have a medical license.

Neighbors were wondering what happened to Blaine, a single mother who lived in Jamaica. They hadn't seen her in some time, but with the arrest of Mobley, things began to add up.

Blaine's wish, officials say, to enlarge her backside ended up killing her.

'Was she someone concerned about her looks?', we asked a neighbor. "No, not at all. She was a gorgeous girl, a very gorgeous girl," she said.

Security cameras at the Liberty Inn captured Blaine arriving at about 10:40 a.m. Mobley showed up and paid for a room on the second floor for the minimum two hours at a price of $80.

Authorities maintain Mobley then injected Blaine's backside several times but according to the Medical Examiner, "the silicone went into her veins, asphyxiating her and causing her to lose consciousness very quickly."

"It's surprising, I never guessed people were going around doing things like that without a license but it's a crazy place," said the victim's neighbor, Ebony Meyers.

Roughly two hours after arriving, officials say a 911 call was placed and paramedics came to the hotel.

By then Blaine was barely conscious, lying on the bed.

The only thing Mobley allegedly told the EMT's was, Blaine had a seizure. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"She's a good girl, go to school, take care of her child and go home, that's about it," said neighbor Jamal Campbell.

Blaine was raised in Brooklyn and Queens and attended college, according to an obituary.