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Two Family Members Charged in Murder of 6-Year-Old

August 6, 2019, 12:08 PM HST
* Updated August 6, 3:48 PM
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The Hawaiʻi Police Department on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, charged two suspects in the murder of a 6-year-old boy last Halloween night.

On Oct. 31, 2018, at about 4:20 p.m., Kona patrol officers responded to a call at the Kailua Fire Station involving a 6-year-old boy, who had been transported there while unconscious by a family member, according to an HPD press release.

The child was reportedly involved in an incident at an apartment complex in the 74-900 block of Manawalea Street in Kailua-Kona. The child was transported from the Kailua Fire Station to the Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Injuries sustained by the child were not consistent with those from an accident, the release continued. The child has now been identified as Mazen Kaniela Nihipali-Moniz, of Kailua-Kona.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued this investigation and with the assistance of the Hawai‘i County Prosecutor’s office secured a grand jury indictment on two suspects’ late last month. This indictment had been under seal until today.

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On Tuesday, two suspects in the case were arrested. They are identified as Ashley Rose Nihipali, a 34-year-old female, and Kuuipo Leinaala Nihipali, a 32-year-old female, both of Hawaiian Paradise Park. Ashely Rose Nihipali has been charged with murder in the second degree, six counts of felony abuse of a family or household member, tampering with physical evidence and two counts of terroristic threatening in the first degree.

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Kuuipo Leinaala Nihipali has been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree, six counts of felony abuse of a family or household member, hindering prosecution in the first degree, tampering with physical evidence and two counts of terroristic threatening in the first degree. Their bail was set at $1 million each.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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