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Puna Information Update for November 29th, 2019

HPD releases preliminary autopsy results for a 4-year-old female stemming from a stabbing incident in Hawaiian Beaches Wednesday morning (November 27th).

An autopsy was conducted this morning (November 29) on the body of the 4-year-old female who died following an incident at her home in Puna.


The medical examiner’s preliminary findings indicate the injury appears consistent with an accidental stab wound, however, has deferred ruling on the manner of death pending additional analysis.


Since the incident, HPD has learned at the time of the incident, 2 juveniles were at home cooking breakfast and parents were at work when the incident was reported. A neighbor was performing life-saving measures on the child until HFD crews arrived on scene and later transported to the Hilo Medical Center, where she later succumbed to her injuries.


HPD detectives on Thursday processed, recover evidence, and photographed the scene and a 14-year-old juvenile was taken into custody for questioning and later released to Child Protective Services.


Initial HPD had classified the case as manslaughter and that stressed that classification was very preliminary and detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section are continuing this investigation.


Initial update on this incident:


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a stabbing incident at residences in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in Puna Wednesday morning (November 27th).


The initial call came in at 11:50 am and HFD crews from Pahoa Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at a residence (General location is being referenced in photo, the exact location is being withheld due to the nature of the incident and also age) in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in Puna.


Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a child (described as a 4-year-old girl) suffered a life-threatening stab wound to the neck and residences were performing life-saving measures until emergency crews arrived on scene.


Once emergency crews arrived on scene, HFD Medics immediately took over life-saving measures and shortly thereafter, transported the 4-year-old female to the Hilo Medical Center in extremely critical condition, where she later succumbed to her injuries.


HPD Detectives with the Area I Juvenile Aid Section are continuing this investigation, which is classified as manslaughter.

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