4-year-old Big Island girl killed in tragic cooking incident

4-year-old Big Island girl killed in tragic cooking incident

BIG ISLAND, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 4-year-old Big Island girl was killed Wednesday morning in a tragic cooking incident, police said.

Authorities said the girl suffered a knife wound to the neck at around 11:45 a.m.

The injury happened while two other juvenile males were cooking breakfast at a home in Hawaiian Beaches, according to police.

The children’s parents were at work at the time of the incident.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene near the intersection of Limu and Kumu Streets a neighbor was preforming CPR on the girl.

Paramedics rushed the girl to Hilo Medical Center where she died from her injuries.

An autopsy performed Friday confirmed that the girl appears to have died of an accidental stab wound. The medical examiner did, however, decline to make a definitive determination on her cause of death, pending additional analysis.

Detectives are investigating the case and will conduct a search of the property on Thursday to recover evidence and photograph the scene.

Police said a 14-year-old juvenile was taken into custody Wednesday for questioning, but was released to Child Protective Services.

The case was initially classified as a manslaughter investigation, but police officials stress that classification was “very preliminary.”

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