Teen dies after getting silicone injections at unlicensed Salisbury woman's home

Cornelius (Source: Salisbury Police Department)
Cornelius (Source: Salisbury Police Department)

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A Salisbury woman accused of conducting medical procedures using non-medical silicone is facing murder charges after police say a teen received injections at her home and later died.

Salisbury police say 42-year-old Kavonceya Iman Cornelius, also known as Kenneth Rudolph Cornelius, gave 19-year-old Eugene Jones II silicone injections at her home on Union Heights Boulevard in Salisbury.

Jones went back to Fayetteville where he later died from the procedure on Jan. 12, police say.

Police say a victim contacted them on Feb 13 and said they were suffering serious health problems after getting injections from Cornelius, who was unlicensed.

This prompted the death investigation of Jones.

WBTV talked with the victim who survived and tipped off police of Cornelius' operation. She wanted to remain anonymous, but said she still feels the effects from her most recent injection with Cornelius.

"My breathing got a lot worse when I got to the hospital, and they kept me in there for over a week on steroids and an oxygen tank," the woman said.

This victim told WBTV she got this injection back in November. When she was on the train heading home, she said she called Cornelius, telling her she was already having complications.

That's when she said Cornelius told her to say she got the injections from Mexico if she had to go to the hospital.

According to the search warrant, doctors told police the silicone hit a vein, and reached this victim's lungs.

A similar thing happened with Jones, except the silicone also reached his heart.

The warrant also stated the victim who talked with WBTV had received injections from Cornelius 15 times before, and she paid between $500-$1,200 each time.

The victim who lived told WBTV she is glad to hear Cornelius is now behind bars.

"I think that's where she needs to stay, being that she did me, and knew what happened to me, and she did it to someone else, and didn't take responsibility," the victim said.

Cornelius' sister said she believes Cornelius is innocent.

"My sister will be exonerated of these charges," said Elisha Avery

A warrant was served on Cornelius Monday for second-degree murder. She was placed in the RC Detention Center without bond.

She's expected to appear in court Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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