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WOMAN CHARGED IN MOM’S BEATING DEATH

BSO Case Number: NL02-07-2136
PIO Number: 02-8-6
Date: July 29, 2002
Time: 2210
Place of Occurrence: 7957 SW 6 Ct., North Lauderdale

Victim(s):

  • Kerley Gohagen, 50, 2/21/52, 7957 SW 6 Ct., North Lauderdale (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • Aelecia Jahalal, 26, 7/25/76, 7957 SW 6 Ct., North Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

At 10:10 p.m. on July 29th BSO District 15 deputies responded to 7957 SW 6th Court, North Lauderdale, in reference to reports of a domestic altercation involving the residents at that location.

Kerley Gohagen, 50, reported that she was a victim of domestic violence and then identified her 26-year-old daughter, Aelecia Jahalal, as the suspect. Gohagen was observed to be out of breath and complaining of head and neck pain. Gohagen was immediately transported to University Hospital for treatment. Jahalal was arrested on a charge of Domestic Battery and was transported to BSO’s jail, held on $7,500 bond.

Approximately two hours after her arrival at the hospital, Gohagen became unresponsive, slipped into a coma, and was placed on life support. On August 1, at 1:05 pm, Kerley Gohagen was removed from the life support and was pronounced dead.
Later that evening, BSO Homicide detectives interviewed Jahalal. She explained that she became upset with her mother and they began to argue over money issues. She also became angry because her mother was talking to a friend about her on the telephone. After demanding that she get off of the phone, a physical altercation ensued in which both women fell on top of a bed. Jahalal grabbed her mother by the hair with her left hand and began to strike her in the head with her fist several times.

An autopsy revealed that the victim died from sub-dural bleeding due to blunt force trauma to the head. The death was ruled a homicide.

Jahalal, who had remained incarcerated on the Battery count, was additionally charged with an open count of Murder. She has no other criminal history.

INVESTIGATORS:
THIS REPORT BY: Det. T. Duggan, Sgt. R. O’Neil, CI Jim Leljedal / PIO 8/3/02 1400

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