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Kalihi boy survives fall from 12th floor through trash chute

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:17 p.m. HST, Jun 20, 2013

An eight-year-old boy is recuperating at Queen’s Medical Center after he fell 12 floors through a trash chute Wednesday night at Kuhio Park Terrace in Kalihi.

Paramedics were called at 9:22 p.m. after police found the boy in the dumpster of tower A. The child was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Police have initiated an non-criminal investigation into the incident.

The public housing complex is now managed by Michaels Development Co., which completed a two-year, $135 million construction project earlier this month. Renovated tower A is part of the first mixed-financed, public-private housing partnership in the state.

Michaels Development now owns the buildings as part of the private partnership and had a long-term lease on the land from the state.

“As for the incident involving the child and the trash chute, I can confirm that this did happen, and that we were very saddened to learn this, and are relieved and happy to know that the child is expected to be OK,” said Laura Ochipinti Zaner, spokeswoman for New Jersey-based Michaels Development Co.

“We have been reaching out to the family to help them in any way that we can. We are assisting the police in their investigation and will be doing a full internal investigation of this incident as well,” she said.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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