Man Arrested in Shaken Baby Case Released from Police Custody

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- An unexpected twist in a Nanakuli baby death case. A man accused of violently shaking his girlfriend's baby over the weekend is released from custody, no longer the primary suspect.

Nicole Solatorio keeps an eye on her adventurous son. She says she knows how challenging parenting a one-year-old is.

"If there's nothing I can do to make him stop crying then I'll just let him cry, you know, 'cause sometimes they're just throwing a tantrum," she said.

There was also a one-year-old at her neighbor's home across the street. Officers came to the house in Nanakuli Sunday, after the baby girl arrived at a nearby hospital in critical condition.

"I just saw police," Solatorio said. "And so we was just wondering what happened."

Investigators say a 26-year-old man was watching his girlfriend's baby Saturday night. When the baby's mother returned early Sunday morning, police say the child was unresponsive.

Doctors told investigators the injuries are consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

"That's horrible, you know, because I have a baby, I have children, and the holidays," Solatorio said. "And they're so innocent, you know. It's, it's, it's just horrible."

But the man initially suspected of causing the injuries is now free. Police are continuing to investigate the case, which was re-classified from an assault to a homicide after the little girl died Monday morning.

"It's sad," Solatorio said.

The Medical Examiner's office is scheduled to perform the autopsy Tuesday.