Infant death In Kona Reclassified As Murder
by Hunter Bishop
Hawaiʻi Island police have reclassified a suspicious death of an infant to murder following an eight-month investigation and recent results of an autopsy.
On Nov. 25, 2014, Kona patrol officers responding to a report of possible child abuse learned that Fire Department rescue personnel had taken an unresponsive 18-month-old boy to the hospital with multiple bruises reportedly from a fall several days earlier.
The infant, identified as Rylee Sele-Pang of Kailua-Kona, was later transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition. He was pronounced dead on Nov. 27.
Juvenile Aid Section detectives had initially investigated the incident as a possible abuse case and deferred reclassifying it pending autopsy results.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office conducted extensive testing and analysis, which required the use of a mainland laboratory.
On Wednesday, after receiving the results, the medical examiner determined that the cause of death was complications of blunt force injuries of the head. Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section have reclassified the case as murder.
No arrests have been made. Detectives continue to actively investigate this case.