Guilty plea in infant drowning case


A Kailua-Kona man recently pleaded guilty to assault and reckless endangering charges in connection with the death of his 10-month-old daughter.

Collins K. Manago, 29, pleaded guilty March 4 to second-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangering in connection with the infant’s death on Nov. 26, 2011, according to 3rd Circuit Court records. Manago was slated to go on trial March 5.

He will now be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. March 28.

Manago had faced charges of manslaughter and second-degree reckless endangering in connection with the death of the infant and for allegedly leaving their then-3-year-old son unattended in a tub. A charge of second-degree assault was added as part of a superseding indictment to the original July 2012 indictment.

West Hawaii Today was unable to reach Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kim Taniyama for more information on the superseding indictment as of press time.

According to the March 4 change of plea, Manago admitted to engaging in reckless conduct that caused serious bodily injury to the girl and placing his son in danger of serious bodily injury by leaving the youngsters unsupervised in a tub of water.

In exchange for Manago’s guilty pleas, the state said it would pursue concurrent sentences of four years of probation for the assault offense and one year probation for the endangering offense. All jail time would be suspended, according to court records.

Chevone Estoy-Keka, the girl’s mother, who was also indicted in July 2012 on manslaughter and second-degree reckless endangering offenses, is expected to change her pleas in the case at 8:30 a.m. March 28. Sentencing in Estoy-Keka’s case is slated for the same day.