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