Injuries to 2-month-old Holualoa boy prompt police investigation


Hawaii Island police have initiated an abuse case after a 2-month-old Holuloa boy was hospitalized and later sent to Oahu for further treatment.

The Hawaii County Police Department was notified on Wednesday by the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Services in Honolulu that an infant had been taken by a family member to Kona Community Hospital on Tuesday and then flown to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu on Wednesday morning, according to Juvenile Aid Section Lt. Gilbert Gaspar.

He said the infant appeared to have suffered a subdural hematoma. No further information was immediately available including whether there were other children in the home or if a person has been taken into custody.

According to the National Institutes of Health, subdural hematomas are usually the result of a serious head injury.

“The DHS is aware that an infant has been transferred from Hawaii Island to Oahu, with suspicious injuries. However, citing issues of confidentiality, we are unable to confirm if the child or its family are involved with the Child Welfare Service Branch,” said Department of Human Services spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld.