Police Investigators Respond To Two Baby Cases In Two Days

Jennifer Cook
Jennifer Cook

(KHNL) -- They're the tiniest of victims. For the second time in two days, Honolulu police launch an investigation after a baby is rushed to a hospital in critical condition. One case is now classified as a homicide.

One look and it's clear. Jennifer Cook has her hands full.

"I have three kids," the Ewa Beach resident said. "And it does get stressful sometimes."

Perhaps even more so at this time of year.

"'Cause it's the holidays," Cook said. "And everybody is trying to get their last-minute things done, buying presents and, you know, taking care of all the holiday needs."

But she says she never takes it out on her kids.

"I think if we all take it into the bigger perspective, you know, of life long and not just right at the moment, that you stop and think about it, and it makes you take a deep breath," Cook said.

Police this week are probing two cases in which babies were severely hurt.

Investigators say they went to a house on Pililaau Avenue in Nanakuli over the weekend, after a girl suffered injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. One-year-old Kamalani Inciong-Smith died Monday.

Also on Monday, police opened an investigation after a one-year-old boy was found unresponsive at a home on Kaikala Street in Ewa Beach. The baby was last reported to be in critical condition.

"Of course, you feel sad for both of those babies," Cook said.

Cook doesn't know the specifics of the cases. But she says they're examples of how precious children are.

"Any parent should be careful," she said. "You know, we all get stressed out, and we need to be careful."

The Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the Nanakuli baby Tuesday. They determined the cause of death was abusive head trauma.

Homicide detectives are looking to question the little girl's mother. Police released the mother's boyfriend from custody Monday without charges.