Hospitalized unresponsive child prompts Big Island detectives to open investigation
Detectives on Hawaii Island are investigating circumstances that led to a Puna child being hospitalized.
Just after 8 a.m. on Monday, officers were assigned to a call involving an unresponsive child being transported by a private vehicle from a residence in the Mountain view area. In the process, medics met the child and transported the victim to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment.
Officials were made aware that the child was being treated for severe injuries and was initially listed in critical condition.
"Detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section responded to the Hilo Medical Center and learned that the injured child would be transferred to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children on Oahu," Big Island Police said in a statement.
Police are say that preliminary information determined that the injuries appeared consistent with physical abuse.
Police in Honolulu are assisting with the investigation -- now classified as a first-degree assault case.
The victim remains in the hospital, but is now in stable condition.