Accused Caretaker Released from Prison

Jan 10, 2006 3:24 AM

HONOLULU (AP) - A Big Island woman indicted in the child abuse case of an eleven-year-old Puna girl has been released on bail.

38 year-old Hyacinth L. Poouahi was being held at the Hawaii Community Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.

Poouahi pleaded not guilty last week to five felony charges, including kidnapping, terroristic threatening, first-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and attempted murder by omission.

Her trial has been set for May 15th.

The case involves a girl who was removed from Poouahi's home on February 7th suffering from burns, broken bones and festering wounds.

The girl was left in a coma for weeks. She is now making improvements.

Poouahi has said the girl's injuries were largely self-inflicted.

But another girl who lives in the home told police she saw Poouahi beat up the girl.