Father re-indicted in connection with young son's death on Maui

Father re-indicted in connection with young son's death on Maui

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who was released from jail in April has been indicted for a second time in connection with the death of his son Zion.

Kyle McKeown pleaded not guilty to second degree murder in court Thursday.

McKeown is not currently in jail, but he is set to return to court for a bail hearing at the end of the month.

In May of 2012, McKeown and his then-girlfriend Grace Lee Nakamoto, were charged with their son's murder.

They had told police Zion fell in the shower at their Wailuku apartment.

The 4-year-old died from severe blunt force trauma to his abdomen.

Zion's grandmother Maryann Rooney previously told Hawaii News Now it was a failure in the state's childcare system that ultimately led to his death.

She made previous attempts to notify child protection authorities who, in the end, returned the boy to his parents, who Rooney feared was the source of the abuse.

[Read more from the 2012 archives: Grandmother blames state for child's death.]

In 2017, the state reached an $875,000 settlement in the boy's death.

"I really do believe that Zion needs to have some form of justice, and I believe CPS (Child Protective Services) did not protect this child," Rooney said in a 2012 interview, shortly after her grandson's death.

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