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Mother of ‘Peter Boy’ Charged in Welfare Fraud Case

November 5, 2015, 5:00 PM HST
* Updated November 5, 5:03 PM
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Puna woman Jaylin M. Kema has been charged in a welfare fraud investigation.

The Hawai’i Police Department reports that Kema was charged Thursday afternoon with second-degree theft. Her bail was set at $5,000.

Kema is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Nov. 6. She remains at the Hilo police cellblock.

Peter J. Kema, Jaylin Kema’s husband, also remains at the cellblock as detectives continue to investigate possible drugs and firearms charges that both may have been involved in.

Police located items at their Ainaloa subdivision home during the execution of a search warrant on Tuesday.


The pair are parents of “Peter Boy” Kema, who went missing when he was six-years-old in 1997. An investigation into the case was reopened last year. “Peter Boy” Kema remains on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children list.

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