2 Big Isle Women Charged with Murder in Halloween Death of 6-Year-Old
6 August 2019
STAR ADVERTISER — A Kona grand jury charged two women with murder in connection with the 2018 death of a 6-year-old boy on Halloween.
The child has been identified as Mazen Kaniela Nihipali-Moniz of Kailua-Kona.
Kuuipo Leinaala Nihipali, 32, of Hawaiian Paradise Park appeared before Judge Henry Nakamoto in Third Circuit Court Monday after the grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging her with one count of second-degree murder for failing to seek medical attention, one count of accomplice to second-degree murder, six counts of abuse of a family or household member, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and one count of tampering with physical evidence. …
Police said the manner of his death was ruled a homicide based on autopsy results.
The two women allegedly physically abused the child from June to October 30, 2018.
Court documents unsealed today revealed they abused the child during that time period by “intentionally and/or knowingly impeding the normal breathing and/or circulation of blood of (the child) by applying pressure on the victim’s throat or neck. […]