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NRI doctor charged in mother's death

NRI, (non-resident Indian) doctor-pediatrician, 28-year-old Malar Balasubramanian charged in Cincinnati, Ohio for allegedly killing her mother, Saroja Balasubramanian, 53.

CINCINNATI, July 28, 2005

A disoriented woman found by police alongside a road in suburban Cincinnati was expected to be formally charged in the slaying of her mother upon her release from a hospital, police said.

Blue Ash police said they filed a murder warrant Wednesday against Dr. Malar Balasubramanian, 29, who was taken to a local hospital.

The pediatrician was being treated for possibly overmedicating herself and was impaired when police picked her up on the road about 7 a.m. Wednesday, said police Sgt. Paul Hartinger.

Balasubramanian's mother had been reported missing after another daughter found what appeared to be an e-mailed suicide note. Authorities would not comment on the cause of death of the mother but said that Saroja Balasubramanian, 53, died in the family's home in suburban Blue Ash.

The Indian immigrant's body was found under a blanket in the back seat of a car parked in a lot in Blue Ash. The car was found after police were called to investigate a report of an injured person along the road. They found Malar Balasubramanian wearing a T-shirt and underwear and with disheveled hair.

It was unclear how long the mother had been dead, but investigators think her body had been in the car at least a day. Police had not determined a motive in the case, but they think the daughter drove the car to the lot with her mother's body inside, said Hartinger.

The mother's body was taken to the Hamilton County coroner's office for an autopsy. The cause of death had not been released, police said Wednesday night.

Malar Balasubramanian graduated in 2001 from medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She did her residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh from June 2001 to June 2004, said spokeswoman Melanie Finnigan who would not release additional information.

Police had been called to the victim's home about 1 a.m. when another daughter, Sumathi Balasubramanian, called to report her mother missing. She told police that she returned home about 10 p.m. Tuesday and found most of her mother's clothing missing. The mother's car was still in the garage.

Sumathi Balasubramanian told police her mother had been depressed since the death of their father, Sen. The engineer drowned in January 2004 during a family vacation in Samoa.

Sumathi Balasubramanian also told police about an e-mail she found on her mother's computer that she said sounded like a suicide note.

Malar Balasubramanian had been in India practicing pediatric medicine until a few weeks ago, said neighbor Suman Sinha.

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