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Carmel Mitchelle Foster, pictured here from a 2009 arrest by the Tyler Police Department, is in custody on outstanding warrants related to a illegal breast augmentation performed at a salon she owns.
East Texas police said they captured a beautician charged with unlicensed medical practice after a breast augmentation she allegedly performed left a customer hospitalized in critical condition.
Harrison County deputies took Carmel Mitchelle Foster-Alexander, owner of Queen Divas Hair Salon and Spa, into custody thanks to a tip called in to police in Marshall KETK-TV reported Thursday.
According to a Tyler police statement, a Longview woman was admitted Feb. 16 to a hospital, where she's listed in critical condition with severe chest pain. Police said the woman's family reported she had received injections of an unknown substance to augment her breasts the day before her hospitalization.
The family said Foster also performed a similar procedure on the customer's cousin two weeks ago.
A Tyler police statement said two arrest warrants were issued for Alexander. One warrant was for practicing medicine without a license, a breast augmentation and causing physical harm, a third-degree felony. The second warrant was for the procedure conducted two weeks ago.
And investigators told KETK they are following up on four other victims who may also have had a similar procedure done by Foster.
Bonds are set at $200,000. The telephone numbers listed for Foster have been disconnected.
An FDA criminal investigation is under way. Police turned over samples of liquid gel that they suspect was injected into the victims, KETK reported.
Lab results could take weeks.