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Death of 19 month-old Hilo girl reclassified as a homicide


Detectives investigating the death of a 19-month-old girl reclassified the case to a homicide on Tuesday (January 11).

Preliminary pathological reports indicate Pomaikai K. Ferreira died as a result of an “inter-cranial injury due to repetitive abusive head trauma.” Detectives are awaiting the complete autopsy results from the Medical Examiner’s Office on Oahu, where the examination was performed.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are actively following up on leads as the investigation continues.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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