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UPDATE: Missing Lanai Boy Found; Charges Filed

April 23, 2013, 10:36 AM HST
* Updated April 24, 3:03 PM
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***Updated at 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24.***

Police on Wednesday charged Katherine Hunter and her son, Noah Sanchez, with custodial interference.

Bail for Hunter was set at $2,000. Sanchez was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Updated at 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24:

A 53-year-old Pahoa woman wanted in a case of custodial interference involving her grandson from Lanai was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Puna.

Police said Katherine Ruth Hunter was found with the missing 2-year-old boy and her son, the boy’s biological father, at a home on Pomaikai Street in the Leilani Estates subdivision.

Hunter was arrested on suspicion of custodial interference while her son, 25-year-old Noah Sanchez, was arrested on a bench warrant for violating terms of bail in an unrelated case.

Both were taken to the Hilo police cellblock where Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of custodial interference.

Both were being held pending the filing of charges.

Two-year-old Kingszon Sanchez was found unharmed Tuesday and reunited with his mother. HPD photo.

Two-year-old Kingszon Sanchez was found unharmed Tuesday and reunited with his mother. HPD photo.

The toddler, who was not injured, was reunited with his mother at the Hilo police station Tuesday night.

Police on Tuesday had asked for the public’s help locating Hunter, Sanchez and 2-year-old Kingszon Sanchez.

Police said on March 5, the child’s 22-year-old mother had given permission to Hunter, her son’s paternal grandmother, to fly the boy to the Big Island for a five-day visit.

Hunter allegedly then refused to return the child to his mother on Lanai.

On March 30, the boy’s mother, who is the legal custodian of the child, traveled from Lanai to the Big Island where she observed her son and the boy’s biological father at a Pahoa restaurant. The two drove away before police could be contacted.

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