A transgender woman accused of injecting a victim's buttocks with a substance consisting of cement, mineral oil and "Fix-a-Flat" is innocent, her attorney said Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011)
People have called from all over the country claiming to be victims of botched cosmetic procedures similar to one where a transgender woman was accused of injecting a woman's buttocks with a substance consisting of cement, mineral oil and "Fix-a-Flat," authorities said Tuesday.
Oneal Ron Morris, 30, was arrested on Friday at a North Lauderdale home. She was charged with practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily injury after an investigation by Miami Gardens Police and the DOH. She has since bonded out of jail, but no telephone number or permanent address could be found for her.
"Right now the initial report kind of opened the flood gates, all the phone calls. We are answering each one," Det. Michael Dillon, head investigator for the case with Miami Gardens Police.
Morris, who police say is a man, appears to look like a woman and sports an apparently enhanced rear herself in arrest photos.
The Florida Department of Health said the initial victim reported in 2010 that Morris allegedly injected treatments into her buttocks, which resulted in life-threatening injuries.
Lab results determined that the substances injected into the victim included "household and automotive products to include superglue, mineral oil and 'Fix-a-Flat," according to a statement by the health department.
On Monday, the Florida Department of Health told NBC Miami that more possible victims have come forward claiming they sustained life-threatening injuries from having similar procedures performed on them by Morris.
Dillon said people were calls from all over including Atlanta and Tampa. One person he spoke to knew of 20 more people who had undergone similar procedures.
"Whether they are victims of Mr. Morris, I don't know yet," Dillon said.
Morris' attorney Michael Mirer said his client is innocent.
"I can assure you that the state has no evidence other than what this alleged victim is saying. There is not going to be any proof or any documentation that shows that my client accepted any money or injected anybody with anything," Mirer said.
Mirer said he had no information on any other alleged victims.
According to the arrest report, the victim went to a Miami Gardens home to meet Morris and pay her $700 for six injections "in each buttock to improve its shape and cosmetic," appearance.
The pain was so intense, the victim could only bear to have half the number of injections, and within hours she began to feel sick, the report said.
"I have read through police report and the allegations contained within the police report are false," Mirer said.
After an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued and authorities spent some time trying to find Morris as she was associated with addresses in several cities and counties in Florida.
Sgt. Bill Bamford of the Miami Gardens Police said Morris was "like a ghost." Authorities knew she was out there but could never find her, he said. Every day, a detective would go by Morris' house and on Friday there was a black Mercedes out front and that's what tipped him off that Morris was there.
"They knew there was a black Mercedes associated with Morris," Bamford said.
Additional arrests in the case are possible, authorities said.