2 Big Island women indicted in 6-year-old’s murder

Updated: Aug. 6, 2019 at 8:46 PM HST
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HAWAII ISLAND, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two Big Island women have been charged in the Halloween 2018 murder of a 6-year-old Kailua-Kona boy.

A grand jury indicted 32-year-old Kuuipo Nihipali with second-degree murder and Ashley Nihipali, 34, as an accomplice.

Mazen Kaniela Nihipali-Moniz was pronounced dead at the Kona Community Hospital last Halloween, following an incident at an apartment complex on Manawalea Street in Kailua-Kona.

Police said the boy had strangling injuries that weren’t consistent with an accident, and an autopsy later confirmed his manner of death was homicide.

Court documents unsealed this week say the women abused the child for months, choking him repeatedly, and threatened other children in the home to silence them.

Both women have pleaded not guilty Monday to the array of charges, and are being held on $1 million bail. Their trial is set for November.

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