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Hawaii Police reclassifies infant death as murder

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:06 p.m. HST, Jul 28, 2014

After recent autopsy results and an eight-month investigation, police are reclassifying the death of a Big Island infant as murder.

Fire Department rescue personnel responded to an unresponsive 18-month-old boy on November 25.  He was taken to the hospital in critical condition with multiple bruises reportedly from a fall several days earlier.

He was later transferred to The Queen's Medical Center where he died on November 27.

The infant has been identified as Rylee Sele-Pang of Kailua-Kona, police said.

Juvenile Aid Section detectives initially investigated the incident as a possible abuse case.

The Medical Examiner's office conducted extensive testing which required the use of a mainland laboratory.  Results were released on July 23 and the office determined that the cause of death was complications of blunt force injuries of the head.

Police have reclassified the case as murder.

No arrests have been made.

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