Norwalk mom, daughter indicted in bathroom assault

Pair "snapped" in attack that sent 57-year-old female victim to hospital, police say.
Cary Ashby
Jan 16, 2014


A Norwalk mother-daughter duo have been indicted in connection with assaulting a woman while they waited in line to use the restroom at Margaritaville.

The daughter also was arrested on a drug-related charge stemming from an incident at their home and sentenced to jail.

Debbie Kerns, 41, and her daughter, Alyson Gahagan, 22, both of 7 Henry St., were indicted this week by an Erie County grand jury. Kerns is charged with complicity to felonious assault while Gahagan was indicted on felonious assault.

The second-degree felonies are in connection with a Sept. 7 incident.

"It was investigated by the Sandusky Police Department," said Erie County Assistant Prosecutor Ashley Thomas, who declined to talk about the allegations.

According to the police report, the incident was a seemingly unprovoked attack. The 57-year-old female victim reported Kerns and Gahagan "snapped" on her while they were waiting in line to use the restroom at Margaritaville, a Fremont Avenue restaurant.

Gahagan is accused of beginning to argue with the woman when she and Kerns walked into the restroom. A witness said Kerns originally tried to defuse the situation, but she reportedly became irritated when the victim said something to her daughter, police said.

Kerns then reportedly pinned down the victim's arm while Gahagan repeatedly punched her face, according to the report.

The victim was treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center for a one-inch, bleeding gash on her forehead.

Lt. Robert VanScoy earlier told the Sandusky Register the woman tracked down the suspects through mutual friends on Facebook and gave the information to officers.

Kerns and Gahagan, after warrants were issued for their arrests, turned themselves into police Sept. 16. If convicted, each of the defendants face two to eight years in prison.

On Nov. 19, the Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested Gahagan when deputies used a search warrant at her Norwalk home. She was charged with possession of dangerous drugs in connection with having pills without a prescription.

Detective Sgt. Josh Querin earlier told the Reflector that deputies had received complaints "about prescription pill trafficking and drug abuse at that residence."

"During the search, pills were found, along with numerous items of drug paraphernalia," Querin said soon after Gahagan was arrested. "(She) admitted to having a drug problem."

Gahagan later pleaded "no contest" to the first-degree misdemeanor and was sentenced to 30 days in the Huron County Jail. She faces a 150-day term if she violates the terms of her two years of probation, which includes not consuming alcohol or any "drugs of abuse," according to Norwalk Municipal Court records.

Kerns and Gahagan were two of the 42 people indicted by an Erie County grand jury this week. To see the full list, click HERE.



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Not what happened. The so called 'victim' in this case was actually the attacker. This 'helpless' woman got what she deserved for starting the whole mess in the first place. Also, smacking someone's wagging finger out of your face does not constitute felonious assault. Debi should have never been charged with anything. Ms. Kerns was assaulted by a drunken obnoxious psychopath. This 'victim' started a mess she couldn't finish, and now is hiding behind the police, and lying about it all. What a shame.


Oh, of course, now we get the scumbags' friends on here saying it wasn't their fault. Typical.


First Allison has, for her age, a pretty big record already. Debi does not and is hardly a scumbag. They are different people.


There is always three sides to every story,the accused side, the victims side, and the truth,


Doesn't matter who started it, it is who finished it. Drugs were found in the Gahagan home. That tells me that they are not the innocents that some posters on here want us to believe.


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Kelly, they are hardly scumbags. But go ahead and judge. There were plenty of witnesses that night that law enforcement has chosen to ignore. Inquiring mind, you understand that the police found a pill in their home, and tin foil. It wasn't a 'Breaking Bad' meth lab like the Norwalk Reflector hyperbolized. Lastly, yes, I'm here to defend them because I know them well, and they are good people.


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Ahh...the "good people" defense.


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I do too! it should be a dream marriage!


the bathroom is a good place to be when a couple people decide to beat the poop out of you..


I am glad these two "things" are going where they belong. Junkies will get caught eventually!


I went to school with Aly for a little while.... she was ALWAYS aggressive and hyped up.. ready to beat someone up. thats all she talked about, who's A$$ she wanted to kick.. so this really doesn't surprise me!!!!