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Lead detective in toddler murder case grilled on witness stand

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The lead investigator in the death of an Oahu toddler, who was thrown onto the H-1 Freeway two years ago, spent hours on the witness stand at Matthew Higa's murder trial Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the defendant was high on crystal methamphetamine when he hurled 23-month-old Cyrus Belt off a pedestrian walkway to his death three stories down. The defense argues that the boy, who was wearing a T-shirt and a diaper, was already dead when Higa carried him to the overpass.

Homicide detective Kenneth Higa says the defendant confessed after being read his Miranda rights.

But defense attorney Randy Oyama questioned the thoroughness of the investigation, saying the toddler's mother's boyfriend gave inconsistent statements to police, and that witnesses thought it was a lifeless doll being tossed onto the freeway.

We'll have more on Hawaii News Now beginning at 5:00 pm.

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