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‘Peter Boy’s’ Mother Receives 10 Years Probation

Posted June 14, 2017, 09:42 AM HST Updated July 24, 2017, 09:22 AM HST

Jaylin M. Kema. HPD photo.

News sources report that on Tuesday, June 13, in a Hilo courtroom, Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr.’s mother, Jaylin Kema, was sentenced to 10 years of probation for manslaughter in the 1997 death of her 6-year-old son, who died of septic shock.

In addition, Acting Hilo Circuit Judge Henry Nakamoto sentenced her to four years of probation for theft, which will be served concurrently, and ordered to pay over $16,000 in restitution for illegally receiving public assistance.

Tearful in court, Kema told Judge Nakamoto that she deserved imprisonment for failing to seek medical help for her son and for not coming forward with the truth.

“For far too long, I’ve kept a secret of the abuse of my children—especially Peter Boy—and I kept the secret of how he died,” Kema said in court. “I thank the prosecutor and the police for giving me the chance to tell the truth. My own problems in my everyday life is difficult, but nothing… compared to the pain that Peter Boy endured while I did nothing.”

Kema, 47, has already served a year in jail.


Kema pleaded guilty to manslaughter and agreed to testify against her husband, Peter Kema Sr., who faces 20 years in jail when he is sentenced for manslaughter on July 24, 2017.

In the meantime, the search for Peter Boy’s remains continues on a stretch of Puna coastline.

As part of his plea deal, Kema Sr. will undergo a polygraph test if Peter Boy’s remains aren’t found.

Authorities Search Puna for Peter Boy’s Remains


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Nicole Crichton Pathetic excuse of a human being.June 14, 2017 10:19am
Gyongyi Momi Szirom Probation for horribly abusing the poor boy for years before killing him? How about 10 years IN JAIL?June 14, 2017 10:41am
Kristi Cannon Oh boo-hoo. This pathetic waste of good oxygen should be UNDER the damned jail. What "mother" could live with herself? And as far as the alleged "legal system" here ... these 2 low-life wastes of space will forever be the poster children for the ridiculousness that is Hawaii's law enforcement. Total bullshit.June 14, 2017 11:04am
Ric E Reed Probation!! WTF.....June 14, 2017 12:00pm
Perry Ugalde Bitch is playing victim. The real victim was abused from birth until the moment he took his last breath. The only reason for her statements is because she plea bargained with officers. She can now point fingers toward her husband and shift the blame on him. At the end of the day, she smiles herself to sleep. Bitch is evil.June 14, 2017 12:04pm
Brandy Mellisa Wow. Talk about getting away with murder. Shame on our 'justice system'...SHAME.June 14, 2017 12:06pm
Jeff Smith Folks, she got probation for coming clean and narking the husband. Sad but true.June 14, 2017 12:58pm
Michelle Cabanatan This is so fucking sad no justice for that poor boy what's this world come to no normal person would sit there and allow a child let alone theirs die befor them makes me sick prayers to the siblings n loved ones of that boyJune 14, 2017 01:39pm
Babette Lock Tearful???was litto Peter boy tearful when you and the husband killed him??? AUWE SHAME ON YOU and the judges for this kine BULLSHIT sentence. AUWEJune 14, 2017 02:42pm
Debbie Wielt No excusesJune 14, 2017 04:02pm
Barbara Casillas Davis Unbelievable😡June 14, 2017 05:14pm
Lori Mattos I call B.S.!June 14, 2017 08:50pm
Sara Bresnahan Another sad testament to our failing justice system.June 15, 2017 07:28am
Chaell Maui Fucking scrub where is the justice,they murdered Peter boy,WTF,all she getting is one slap on the handJune 15, 2017 08:13pm

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