HAWAII (KHON2) — Big Island police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old girl on Wednesday, November 27.
According to the Hawaii Police Department, her death stemmed from an incident that happened at a residence in the Hawaii Beaches Subdivision.
The incident happened on Nov. 27, around 11:44 a.m. when Puna patrol officers responded to a report of a little girl with an injury to her neck.
Hawaii Fire Department medics transferred the child to the Hilo Medical Center, where she later died after life-saving measures were unsuccessful.
Police classified the case as manslaughter.
An autopsy was later conducted on Friday morning, November 29.
The medical examiner’s preliminary findings indicate that the injury appears consistent with an accidental stab wound. But the medical examiner deferred the ruling on the manner of death pending additional analysis.
Detectives continue to investigate the incident.