Missing Lanai boy found; charges filed


Hawaii Island police have filed charges against the noncustodial father and grandmother of a 2-year-old Lanai boy who was with them in Puna.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section charged 53-year-old Katherine Ruth Hunter of Pahoa and 25-year-old Noah Sanchez of Pahoa both with custodial interference, according to the Hawaii Police Department. Hunter’s bail was set at $2,000. Sanchez’s bail was set at $10,000.

On March 5, the child’s 22-year-old mother, who is his legal custodian, gave the boy’s paternal grandmother, Hunter, permission to fly him from Lanai to the Big Island to visit her for five days, according to police. Hunter refused to return the child to his mother on Lanai.

The child was found unharmed Tuesday afternoon with Sanchez and Hunter in the Leilani Estates subdivision of Puna. Tuesday afternoon. Sanchez and Hunter were arrested. The boy was reunited with his mother at the Hilo police station Tuesday evening.