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Kamuela Man Charged with
Manslaughter in Death of Child

Posted 06:41 AM HST, January 18, 2012

Ezekiel Wakinekona. Courtesy Photo.

By Wendy Osher

A Hawai’i Island man was charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a young relative who had been left in his care.

Police arrested Ezekiel Wakinekona of Kameula on suspicion of abuse of a household member.

Authorities say the arrest stemmed from a report on Friday, January 13, of a 3-year-old girl who was found at home unconscious with labored breathing.

Doctors at North Hawaii Community Hospital also discovered suspicious bruising on the girl’s body, according to Hawai’i Island police.

The child, identified as Marley Makanani, was flown to the Kapiʻolani Hospital for Women and Children on Oahu, and later died on Sunday.

Two other girls, ages 2 and 6, who also lived at the home were taken into protective custody.  State officials say the two girls are now in foster care.

A statement was released by the Department of Human Services following the incident saying, “Any death of a child is a tragedy.”  The statement further indicates that an ongoing criminal investigation is underway.

Wakinekona was charged on Sunday with manslaughter for the death of the child, and two counts of abuse of a family/household member for injuries found on the children taken into protective custody.

Bail has been set at $60,000.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZAKEB4T2AMK3ED6GA2QQB36HQ Anonymous

    What kind of drugged out loser (parent) would give full custody of their three small girls to a young, male relative; especially one that looks like this guy does? The Mother and Father of these poor children should be arrested for abandoning their daughters to this monster. Also, what kind of loser names their kid after a famous icon for pot smokers? I guess the same kind of parent that abandons their small children.

  • Skeahib

    Manslaughter?  Try Murder!

  • Brad2010

    Sick, sick, sick! Only can hope that this evil being gets what he deserves and more in prison. Mother and Father the same.

    • KukuiLoco

      Unfortunately, the myth about prison is just that, a myth.  Everyone has dreams of guilty parties getting their comeuppance in prison by the noble fellow prisoners.  The reality cant be further from the truth.  There are isolated incidents that happen in the prison populations across the nation but are exaggerated and retold like its a normal event.  Its not.  Sadly, I speak from first hand knowledge.

  • dascracks

    mere oppression can make a wise man act crazy,the bible. can you imagine what down right stress and family calamity can do to a stupid person! all of you who are without sin may cast the first stone…….

  • Kainoa

    shut up, you have no clue what your talking about.. instead of just assuming that the mother is on drugs, how about you just shut the fuck up.. you have no right at all to be saying dumb shit like that.. espically about the name of her child, since when do you make the calls of what children should be named? Marley Makanani is a beautiful name name… back off and stop criticizing the family… I love you baby girl, rest with the angels

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