BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police say they have initiated a custodial interference case in connection with a 9-year-old boy who was taken in by a Puna family overnight after the child ran away from home Wednesday afternoon.
Custodial interference in the second degree can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, while custodial interference in the first degree is a felony.
Disen Heu-Aragaki was picked up by relatives Thursday afternoon at the Hilo Police station. The boy ran away from his Puna home Wednesday after an argument with his mom.
"We want to public to understand that it is not OK to keep a lost child overnight before calling police," said Assistant Chief Henry Tavares. "The proper response is to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible after you find a child who is lost or wandering alone without adult supervision."
Big Island Police urge parents to keep a current photo of their children, along with other important details—such as physical description and medical history—that will help police if a child goes missing.