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Arrest made in murder of West Haven woman

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Gerard Crosley. (West Haven police/WFSB photo) Gerard Crosley. (West Haven police/WFSB photo)

Police in West Haven said they made an arrest in the case of a murdered mother of two children.

Gerard Edward Crosley, 37, was charged with killing 26-year-old Keneata Nicholas at an apartment on Coleman Street early Saturday.

Police said they performed a welfare check when they found Nicholas' body. They said it looked like she suffered serious injuries.

According to court papers, Crosley allegedly stabbed Nicholas roughly 30 times in the back, and also cut her throat.

Family members told Eyewitness News over the weekend that Crosley, who was on probation at the time, was Nicholas' boyfriend. They said Crosley is also the father of their 1-year-old child.

"She goes with this guy and he fooled us all. He acted like he was really cool, but he had two personalities," said Patricia Folson, who was Nicholas' legal guardian.

Nicholas lived in the apartment with Crosley, their baby, and another child, according to family.

"I told her when I first met him, he's no good. I knew that, I could look at him and tell he was no good and a year or so later, she's dead," said Antonio Chamblee, who is an ex-boyfriend of the victim.

Family members told Eyewitness News over the weekend that Nicholas and Crosley had a rocky relationship, and that he was physical with her.

When police talked with Crosley, he allegedly admitted he was mad that Nicholas was out late with a girlfriend the night before, and that things escalated with him throwing her onto the couch.

"Gerard stated numerous times that he couldn't recall what happened next, but then stated that he changed his clothes because they had blood on them," court documents said.

Crosley was charged with murder and risk of injury to a minor.

He's being held on a $2 million bond and is due back in court next month.

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