Woman injures child with knife; brandishes knife at officer while barricaded in Pāhoa home
Calla Renata Grace Mae Weddington, 34 of Pāhoa, was arrested and charged with multiple offenses that include inflicting minor knife wounds on a female 9-year-old and brandishing a knife at a Hawaiʻi Island police officer.
The charges stem from a May 24 incident in which Puna patrol officers responded to a residence on Lehua Drive to retrieve a child who was removed by Weddington from a school in Hilo, in violation of a family court order.
Upon the officer’s arrival, Weddington barricaded herself and the child in the residence and initially refused to communicate with officers or release the child to police custody, police said.
Weddington began exhibiting erratic behavior, which escalated to the point where she was no longer responding to officers An officer opened an unlocked door. Weddington came toward him while brandishing a knife, police said.
Weddington attempted to close the door on the officer. She eventually exited the residence without the knife, surrendering to officers.
The child sustained minor knife wounds to her forearm and chest, which were treated at the scene. She was later released to the custody of her father. It was not revealed what relationship Weddington is to the child.
On May 26, Weddington was charged with the following offenses:
- Attempted first-degree assault of a police officer
- Second-degree assault
- Abuse family household member
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Second-degree custodial interference
Weddington’s bail was set at $7,500. Her initial court appearance was May 30 in Hilo District Court.