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Big Island police investigate toddler’s death

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Big Island police arrested a 36-year-old Hilo man last week in connection with injuries to a 19-month-old girl who died last night.

Police identified the girl as Pomaikai K. Ferreira.

South Hilo patrol officers went to the Hilo Medical Center at 6:57 p.m. Jan. 2, where Ferreira had been taken by an adult, police said.

A preliminary exam showed the child’s injuries appeared to be suspicious, police said.

The toddler was transferred in critical condition by air ambulance to the Queen’s Medical Center.

That same night, police arrested the 36-year-old man on suspicion of first-degree assault. Detectives released him at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, pending investigation.

Police said the toddler was pronounced dead at about 6:30 p.m. yesterday at Queen’s. 

An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.

The man had been convicted on Dec. 14, 2009, for misdemeanor abuse of a family member.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380.

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