Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
August 8, 2012 11:30 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — A physician who worked at the emergency department of Knox Community Hospital is off the rotation while police investigate the death of a Pataskala woman found dead in the backseat of her car in Delaware County on Aug.1.


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According to Prema Samhat, Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Development for KCH, the physician last worked in the hospital’s emergency department on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Although not an employee of the hospital, he works for Hospital Physician Partners which contracts with KCH for emergency department physicians.

“The last day he worked was Wednesday, Aug. 1,” said Samhat. “He is not currently scheduled to work and will not be until this issue is resolved.”

The doctor has worked at KCH for about five years.

Samhat declined to confirm the identity of the physician stating he has not been charged with any crime and that she is currently uncertain as to the extent of his connection with the case.

Deanna Ballman, 23, Pataskala, was found near Bevelhymer Road in Delaware County after her family said she went to answer a craigslist ad. Officials are awaiting toxicology results to conclude a cause of death. There were no signs of physical trauma on the body of the woman who was nine months pregnant.

Investigators returned to the doctor’s home on Turner Close Drive Tuesday and were seen removing items in paper bags. The physician has not been named as a suspect or a person of interest. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office will not confirm why they have acquired warrants to search the man’s home on two different occasions.















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