The family of Kayla Mainaaupo spoke to KITV4 and said that all charges of manslaughter have been dropped following the results of an autopsy of the 4-year-old girl.   

The medical examiner’s preliminary findings indicate the injury appears consistent with an accidental stab wound, however has deferred ruling on the manner of death pending additional analysis.

The Mainaaupo family released a statement to KITV4:

"We understand everyone's curiosity, and we're so thankful for all the kind words, prayers and support, but please give our family some respect at this time of mourning."

A GoFundMe page has been established to help with funeral costs.




Big Island Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old female stemming from an incident that occurred at a residence in the Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision.

On Wednesday, November 27, at approximately 11:44 a.m., Puna patrol officers responded to a report of a juvenile female with an injury to her neck. 

The child was transported by Hawai'i Fire Department medics to the Hilo Medical Center, where life-saving measures were unsuccessful.

Detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section are continuing this investigation, which is classified as manslaughter.