Woman Dies After Collapse in Lexington Jail

Aisha Jamilah Abdul-Khaliq, 38, died Saturday not long after she was arrested and brought to the Lexington County Detention Center.

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - A Columbia woman died Saturday not long after she was arrested and brought to the Lexington County Detention Center.

Aisha Jamilah Abdul-Khaliq, 38, collapsed during booking on November 1. She remained in custody during transportation and treatment at the hospital.

“We extend our condolences to Ms. Abdul Khaliq’s family members as they deal with her passing,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a statement. “Work is underway to determine what led to her death. As is standard procedure when a person dies in the custody of a law enforcement agency, SLED has come in and begun a thorough investigation.”

Deputies say Illegal narcotics were in her system at the time of her arrest, according to preliminary screenings. Final results are pending.

She was charged with public disorderly conduct after officers say she tried to pick up a child at a traffic stop on Berryhill Road. Deputies physically restrained Abdul-Khaliq after she failed to comply with commands.

“Lexington County EMS treated Ms. Abdul-Khaliq for a minor leg injury she sustained during the physical altercation,” Koon said. “Ms. Abdul-Khaliq refused additional EMS care and she was subsequently released by EMS personnel. A deputy took her to jail, where she collapsed a short time later.”

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