Man attempts to drown himself and two-year-old daughter on Christmas day

10 pm report: Man attempts to drown himself and two-year-old daughter on Christmas day
Ernest Burlem, neighbor
Ernest Burlem, neighbor

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police are investigating an attempted murder-suicide in Kailua that happened on Christmas Day. According to authorities, a father attempted to drown himself and his two-year-old child.

"It just surprises me," says Ernest Burlem, who lives on Kina Street in Kailua.

Burlem heard a commotion outside his home.

His neighbor, a 36-year old man, reportedly grabbed his toddler and jumped into the backyard pool.

It happened about 5 p.m. Neighbors a few houses up said they heard yelling.

"I just heard a woman screaming, like, 'no, no, no! Someone help! No!' Stuff like that," said Shane Mausolf, 16.

Shane and the rest of his family were spending Christmas afternoon relaxing when the yelling got their attention.

"Shortly after that we heard a man, very much in distress, saying, 'no, no!' And so obviously, that's not normal," said Shane's mom, Celeste Mausolf.

The two said they were unable to determine where the yelling was coming from.

"After the man's voice, everything went quiet and so that was also very different," said Celeste Mausolf. "And now, looking back at it, it was very strange in a disturbing way."

Other neighbors also heard the man yell, and then heard a big splash. A next-door couple jumped the fence to help.

"He gave CPR to the baby," says Burlem, who arrived as the other neighbors were helping the child.

According to Burlem, the baby floated to the surface and people pulled her out.  After she coughed up water and started crying, he says, the attention shifted to the girl's father who was still at the bottom of the pool.

Paramedics arrived after the neighbors were able to get the father out, but he wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

If he recovers, he is expected to be charged with attempted murder.

Burlem says the girl visited her dad often and he doted on her and his nieces and nephews.

"Good uncle, loved the kids," says Burlem, "Loves that little girl."

That the incident happened at all has stunned the tight-knit community.

"It's kinda scary to think that people would do that, especially with a child so young," said Shane Mausolf.

"Knowing the house and knowing the residents there having young children, and having children ourselves, it was really sad to think that, number one, that would happen, and certainly on a day like Christmas when it's all about family," said Celeste Mausolf.

The child is expected to be okay.

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