PUNA, Hawaii (KHNL) - A 14-year-old boy is dead and a woman is in guarded condition at a Hilo hospital after a stabbing on the Big Island. Hilo police arrested 38-year-old Tyrone Vesperas in connection with the death.
The 14-year-old boy killed in the stabbing is his son. Police also tell us the woman is his wife, although the two were separated.
Patrol officers in Puna responded to a 911 call at about 11:30 Monday morning. The caller reported a disturbance at a home in the Ainaloa subdivision.
Police say the boy, identified as Tyran Vesperas-Sainiatan, died at the scene with stab wounds to his neck. 34-year-old Cheryl-Lyn Vesperas survived the attack. But she was in her final weeks of pregnancy and lost her baby.
"According to Hawaii State Law the baby that it hasn't been born yet is not considered a person. That is per Hawaii state revised statute, so therefore it would not be considered in any charges," said Hilo Police Captain Larry Weber.
Vesperas, who served a tour of duty in Iraq last year, was also injured in the attack. He was briefly hospitalized before being taken to the Hilo police cell block where he remains tonight.