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Malnourished girl's uncle: tried to help but was shut out

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The uncle of a girl who was found malnourished and near death in her Honolulu apartment two years ago says he tried to help her parents, but they shut him out. His statements came during the parents' attempted murder trial Wednesday.

Melvin Wright watches, as his older brother prepares to testify against him.

Dennis Wright says he knew something was wrong when he saw his niece, Indigo, sitting on a mattress, eating a bowl of Pop Tarts and potato chips, during a visit in May 2006.

"She was pale. She was really frail," Dennis Wright, defendant's brother, said. "My thought process was enough wasn't being provided, so let's get it provided."

He says he purchased enough groceries for two weeks and offered to help in other ways, but Indigo's parents, Melvin and Denise Wright, were not very receptive.

"It seemed like the more we tried to help, the more they tried to shut us out," Dennis Wright said.

Seven months later, paramedics rushed to a Kinau Street apartment, and found the 12-year-old girl emaciated and near death. Prosecutors say she weighed just 29 lbs.

Her parents are charged with attempted murder.

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