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Updated at 2:03 p.m., Saturday, January 19, 2008

Suspect in toddler's freeway fall charged with murder

Advertiser Staff

A man who allegedly threw a toddler off a freeway overpass Thursday has been charged with murder.

Matthew Higa was charged with a single count of second-degree murder at 11 p.m. last night. He is being held at the Oahu Community Correctional Center and will make his initial appearance in Honolulu district court on Tuesday.

Higa allegedly threw 23-month old Cyrus Nainoa Tupai Belt from the Miller Street overpass into traffic shortly before midday Thursday.

Higa is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

He has been arrested 10 times on suspicion of a variety of misdemeanor offenses including drug possession and theft but was never charged or convicted.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong day for Higa's initial court appearance.