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The conviction of Matthew Higa on Feb. 11, 2010 brought an end to the heart-breaking death of a little boy, Cyrus Belt. The toddler was thrown from a freeway overpass into the path of the traffic below after living his short life surrounded by ice-addicted adults.

Clockwise, from left: Defendant Matthew Higa and his attorney; 23-month-old Cyrus Belt, killed Jan. 17, 2008; Nancy Chanco, Cyrus' mother; Shelton Higa, Matthew's father; Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario, who tried the case.

Nancy Chanco

Slain tot's mother accused in robbery (Feb 12, 2010)
The mother of murdered toddler Cyrus Belt entered a not-guilty plea to a robbery charge yesterday, hours before her son's accused killer was convicted. Nancy Chanco allegedly helped rob Troy Carvalho of $7,000 on Nov. 11 while she was in his car at the intersection of Auloa Street and Kalaniana'ole Highway, according to a police report.

Matthew Higa's verdict was announced yesterday. Higa (top left) was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 23-month-old Cyrus Belt.

Hawaii man found guilty of killing toddler (Feb 12, 2010) Photo gallery Video
Prosecutor Peter Carlisle will seek a sentence of 200 years behind bars for Matthew Higa, convicted yesterday of throwing 23-month-old toddler Cyrus Belt to his death from a freeway overpass Jan. 17, 2008. In a brief court session, Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario found Higa, 24, guilty of second-degree murder.

Prosecutor Peter Carlisle, right, made his closing arguments yesterday in the trial of Matthew Higa, in blue aloha shirt, for the murder of 23-month-old Cyrus Belt, who was thrown onto the H-1 Freeway from an overpass.

Use of ice central to Cyrus Belt's death, prosecutor says (Feb 05, 2010) Photo gallery Video
Crystal methamphetamine references dominated the closing argument of Prosecutor Peter Carlisle yesterday in the trial of accused child killer Matthew Higa. Murdered toddler Cyrus Belt "lived in a world of ice," Carlisle told Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario.