PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Jaylin Kema, the mother of “Peter Boy” Kema, died Wednesday night.
Jaylin Kema’s daughter, Lina Acol, told Hawaii News Now that her mother died of natural causes in the hospital.
Kema was convicted for her role in one of the most notorious cases in state history: the 1997 death of her 6-year-old son Peter Boy.
Peter Boy’s parents were always the only suspects, and despite well-documented child abuse accusations by their other children, Peter Kema Sr. and Jaylin Kema weren’t charged until 2016.
Jaylin Kema pleaded guilty in the case, agreeing to testify against her husband. She was sentenced to a year behind bars, which she had already served.
She also received 10 years of probation.
Peter Kema Sr. avoided the possibility of life in prison by pleading guilty to manslaughter. Under a plea deal, he was required to lead investigators to his son’s remains.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, bringing a degree of closure in the decades-long murder mystery.
This story will be updated.