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Marshals arrest parolee in horrific Hawaii island child abuse case


A 20-year-old Hawaii island man who was convicted along with his mother in a highly publicized 2005 abuse case that nearly caused the death of a 10-year-old girl was arrested by federal marshals Thursday for violating terms of his probation.

Marshals arrested Hans Poouahi Jr. about 4 p.m. Thursday at a home on Hanalei Street in Waianae.

He was wanted on a $20,000 state warrant issued Sept. 6 Judge Steven S. Alm for failing to comply with the terms of parole and for second-degree escape.

Poouahi was 13 when he was accused of abusing the girl, who was being cared for at his family’s home in the Ainaloa subdivision near Puna in 2005.

In February 2005, the abused girl was found on a couch on the lanai of the home with a cut on her head that was “decomposing and containing maggots.” She also had injuries to her upper lip and other areas of her body that showed “signs of decomposition,” according to court records.

The girl also was suffering from severe dehydration and malnutrition, and had broken bones in her left hand and left foot. She went into cardiac arrest at the hospital and had to be revived, and was in a coma at the hospital for a time.

A doctor at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children who treated the girl told police that marks on the girl’s body suggested she had been bound, and that “she had several areas of dead tissue about her body as a result of pressure ulcering (often called bedsores) and burns that appeared to be from a cigarette and cigarette lighter,” according to a District Court affidavit.

The girl, who is not related to the Poouahis, was living with a foster family on the Big Island as of 2008. The girl earlier had received treatment for burns at a California hospital.

Poouahi was convicted as a juvenile and housed at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility until he turned 19 years old, at which time he was sentenced to probation.

Hyacinth L. Poouahi, Hans’ mother and caregiver for the abused girl, pleaded guilty to four felony charges: first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening and endangering the welfare of a child.

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