A woman who collapsed at the Lexington County jail after her arrest has died following a brief hospitalization, according to officials.
Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the woman as 38-year-old Aisha Jamilah Abdul-Khaliq.
Sheriff Jay Koon said Abdul-Khaliq collapsed while being booked into the jail Nov. 1 and was transported and admitted to a hospital for treatment. She remained in custody during her hospitalization.
Abdul-Khaliq had been arrested on Berryhill Road and charged with public disorderly conduct after arriving at the scene of a traffic stop to attempt to pick up a child, according to Koon. Deputies physically restrained Abdul-Khaliq after she did not comply with their commands.
Preliminary screenings of Abdul-Khaliq’s urine and blood taken during her hospital stay indicated the presence of illegal narcotics at the time of her arrest, Fisher said. Final results are pending.
At the scene of the traffic stop, EMS treated Abdul-Khaliq for a minor leg injury she suffered during the altercation, Koon said. She refused additional medical care and was taken to the jail by a deputy after EMS released her.
“We extend our condolences to Ms. Abdul Khaliq’s family members as they deal with her passing,” Koon said. “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.”