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'Peter Boy' Kema's mother charged in welfare fraud case; both parents remain behind bars

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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"Peter Boy" Kema's mother has been charged in a welfare fraud case, while Big Island police continue to investigate both of the missing boy's parents on firearm and drug charges.

"Peter Boy" was the 6-year-old Big Island boy whose 1997 disappearance set off a media firestorm. He still has not been found, and his parents' arrests are not related to the case.

Hawaii Island police said 45-year-old Jaylin M. Kema was charged with second-degree theft Thursday.

On Tuesday, police assisted the state Welfare Fraud Investigation Division with the execution of a search warrant at the couple's home on Uilani Drive in Puna.

Police arrested Kema for theft. Then, while she was still at the Hilo cellblock, Hawaii Island police arrested her on suspicion of ownership of a prohibited firearm, altering a serial number on a firearm, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug.

A few hours later, police arrested Kema's husband, 45-year-old Peter J. Kema Sr. of Pahoa, on suspicion of ownership of a prohibited firearm, ownership prohibited of ammunition, altering a serial number on a firearm, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug.

Both of the Kemas remain at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives investigate the drug and firearms arrests.

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