Schofield Barracks father charged with manslaughter following death of infant

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (KHON2) — A Schofield Barracks man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter after an autopsy found the death of his infant in October, 2020, was caused by “multiple traumatic injuries.”

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Court documents reveal on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, Honolulu police officers responded to a call for an unresponsive 4-month-old baby.

The father of the child — 20-year-old Elias Vargas — told officers that he was feeding his baby when she began to choke.

An autopsy conducted in January, 2021, found that the infant “died as a result of multiple abusive traumatic injuries, which primarily include abusive head trauma.” The 4-month-old also had healing rib fractures, according to the autopsy.

Vargas was arrested and charged during the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 12, and remains in custody on $300,000 bail.

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