An American dentist who refused her son to have braces was diagnosed with an infection of the brain and died on Monday, three years after she was arrested on charges of illegally exporting a deadly disease.
Nasim, 43, was taken into custody in October after a health inspector found the young boy had an infection on his brain that was causing brain swelling, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Nasir, who was born in India and was the first of his three children to grow up in the United States, had been a dental hygister in Michigan for 20 years.
He died of complications of the infection, according the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Naseem, the son of a dental surgeon, had also been diagnosed with the same disease.
The child’s father told local media that his son was in critical condition.
Nasin was also charged with selling counterfeit drugs and possession of marijuana.
She was released on $3,000 bail on Monday.
Her attorney, Michael Schmitz, told local ABC affiliate WDIV that his client was not aware of any criminal charges against her and that she had worked at her clinic for 10 years.
“This is not a case where she had been convicted or charged with any crime,” he said.
Nasem was the latest in a string of high-profile US dental professionals to have their practice raided by authorities.”
The charges against Ms Nasim have nothing to do with her business or her profession, she is a professional and she has worked in this profession for decades.”
Nasem was the latest in a string of high-profile US dental professionals to have their practice raided by authorities.
Last month, California dentist Dr. David Chao, who had been charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, died of an apparent suicide, his family said.
Chao had been the subject of an undercover DEA investigation.
The case against Nasim has sparked a nationwide debate over the practice of dentistry.
A group of US dentists have called on President Donald Trump to declare the practice a criminal enterprise, arguing that it was creating a market for illegal drugs.
The DEA said it had launched a criminal investigation of Nasim and other dentists involved in the trade.
“Nasims criminal conduct constitutes an unlawful and substantial threat to the public health and safety, and represents a significant threat to public health,” the DEA said in a statement.