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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mother of dead infant sought for re-questioning

By Peter Boylan
Advertiser Staff Writer

Investigators want to re-question the mother of a 1-year-old Nanakuli girl who died Monday from head injuries, police said.

Interviews with other relatives are also being pursued, police said.

The girl, identified by the city's office of the Medical Examiner as Kamalani Inciong-Smith, died Monday at Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children.

Inciong-Smith died of "abusive head trauma," and the manner of her death has been classified as a homicide, according to the Medical Examiner's office.

A 27-year-old man who is the boyfriend of the child's mother was arrested for questioning Sunday and released Monday without being charged. He is not believed to be a suspect, police said.

The infant had internal injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome, police said.

The girl died at 6 a.m. Monday, and investigators suspect the child was injured sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to city Emergency Medical Services, an ambulance was dispatched to a Pilila'au Avenue address for a difficulty breathing call, and a patient was transported to St. Francis Medical Center-West at 2:36 a.m. Sunday.

Police are also probing the critical injury of another 1-year-old who was found unresponsive Monday in 'Ewa Beach.

EMS paramedics responded at 12:43 p.m. to an 'Ewa Beach home and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the boy. The child was taken to St. Francis-West in critical condition.

Police have classified the case as a "miscellaneous public" incident, and officers are looking into the circumstances surrounding the child's collapse.

Staff writer Rod Ohira contributed to this report.

Reach Peter Boylan at pboylan@honoluluadvertiser.com.