HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police have opened a first-degree assault case after a Big Island toddler ended up hospitalized with critical injuries that were consistent with physical abuse.
Authorities offered few details on the case, including whether they have a suspect.
But Hawaii News Now has learned the victim is a 3-year-old boy.
Police opened an investigation Monday following a report of an unresponsive child being taken from a Mountain View home to the hospital.
In a recorded call, the dispatcher says she can hear the mother arguing with an adult male, “It’s escalating,” the dispatcher tells the paramedics who are attempting to the meet the driver. “Sounds like they are fighting over the keys.”
The dispatcher updates the woman’s location to the paramedics and relays information from the mother, “She stated that she did try to do CPR earlier after his initial collapse.” The dispatcher continues saying the child’s skin color is normal and he has a pulse, but is unconscious.
Authorities said the child had “severe injuries” and was initially listed in critical condition.
The victim was subsequently transferred to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children for further treatment. The victim remains hospitalized, and has since been upgraded to stable condition.