HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of kidnapping a little girl at Waipahu District Park earlier this year has been acquitted by reason of insanity.
After a one-day, jury-waived trial, Circuit Judge Karen Ahn ruled that Anthony Davis, 22, suffered from a mental disease, disorder or defect at the time of the incident, and that he lacked the capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct.
A panel of mental health experts had examined the defendant and submitted reports to the court saying that he shouldn't be held criminally responsible because he was mentally impaired when he grabbed the five-year-old victim near the park's swimming pool in April. A lifeguard heard the girl crying, stopped Davis, and held him until police arrived.
Davis was charged with kidnapping, a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Judge Ahn also ruled that the defendant can not be released from custody because he poses a danger to the community, and committed him to the Hawaii State Hospital for treatment.