Injections thought to be cause of coma
New Orleans police have issued a warrant for an entertainer they suspect performed an illegal silicone injection that might be responsible for putting a woman into a coma.
Armani Nicole Davenport, 32, a transgender woman whose name at birth was Larry Tremmell Bernard, is wanted on a count of negligent injuring, said officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.
Davenport is believed to have injected silicone into the hips and buttocks of two unidentified women late last week at a home in Gert Town.
Authorities believe she travels among Texas, Louisiana and Georgia to perform in pageants. Police have not said whether they suspect she is responsible for any other injuries related to the injections.
Police believe two women voluntarily received injections from Davenport about 1:15 a.m. Oct. 24 at a home in the 1200 block of South Salcedo Street.
One of the women left the home about 3 a.m. and returned two hours later to find her friend in “respiratory distress,” according to the report. She called paramedics and told them she thought the silicone injections were to blame.
The woman in distress was rushed to a hospital and was in critical condition and comatose when police wrote their report Oct. 25.
Her friend told police that someone known to her and her friend only as Armani or Mani, from Dallas, did the injections.
A friend of the woman in a coma told WWL-TV that was the second time in a week the woman received a silicone injection.
Davenport lives in Dallas but is originally from Baton Rouge, police have said. She does not have any prior arrests in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, according to court records.
Davenport has participated in a number of beauty pageants during the past two decades, police said, including Miss New Orleans Newcomer 2002, Miss Black America Plus 2006, Miss Gay Dallas Metroplex US of A 2013 and Miss Gay Texas US of A 2014.
A negligent injuring conviction can carry a maximum fine of $5,000 and a six-month prison sentence.
Anyone with information about Davenport’s whereabouts is asked to call New Orleans police detective Ed Johnson at (504) 658-6060 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.