Cops have charged a self-proclaimed cosmetologist, Tamira Mobley, in the death of client Tamara Blaine (pictured) from a botched buttlift, the New York Daily News reports.
Officials arrested and hit Woodridge native Mobley with manslaughter and felony charges Monday, alleging her negligence killed Queens native Blaine. Mobley has a previous arrest for forgery in New Jersey and was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
Blaine allegedly met Mobley for the procedure at the Liberty Inn along Manhattan’s West Side Highway last July, with Mobley reportedly paying for a room at the Inn. Two hours later, Mobley had a front-desk employee call 911, saying Blaine was having a seizure.
Mobley reportedly remained until the EMS arrived but allegedly bolted before police came; detectives managed to locate her using her charge card information.
Blaine would die later that day at St. Luke’s Hospital. The N.Y.C. Medical Examiner’s Office deemed Blaine’s death a homicide in October. Her official cause of death was “a systemic silicone emboly due to a cosmetic silicone injection of the buttocks.”
The 22-year-old’s Mother blasted the NYPD’s handling of her case Tuesday. Lola Blaine said officers told her they couldn’t do anything because her daughter was an adult.
“When I lost her, nobody helped me,’’ Lola said. “When I looked for her, nobody was there for me. That’s just the way it is. Black people only have value when they die.”
“I went in person to the precinct to explain to them. Nobody was there for me,” she added. “They don’t give a damn. They look at her like she’s less than a dog.”
The elder Blaine alleges officers asked if her daughter was mentally ill when they responded to her home. When she said no, they allegedly said, “There’s nothing we can do. She’s 22,” Lola claims.
Blaine said she only discovered her daughter was dead when the morgue billed her.
“What am I going to say about her now that she’s dead?” the Mother asked. “Only someone who has the same problem can understand what I’m going through. Nobody else.”
Tamara’s friends described Tamara as a fashionista who loved dressing up.
“She liked to look good,” said Monet Robinson. “She liked to look nice. She always switched her style up.”
The young woman was also a Mother to an infant son and was taking part-time college courses.
“As a part-time freshman in college, she always remained level headed and determined to make a life for her son,” read a website for the J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, which oversaw her service. “We can only hope that our future generation will have the drive and determination that Tamara did.”
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