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Infant’s death in Waikiki classified as homicide

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The cause of death of an infant found in Waikiki hotel room on Nov. 26 was asphyxia, according to the medical examiner. The manner of death has been classified as a homicide. 

At about 7 p.m. on Nov. 26, police responded to a report of a newborn found dead at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. 

The child’s mother, a 32-year-old Korean national who was visiting Hawaii with her husband, was arrested a few hours later.

The woman was released, pending further investigation, on Nov. 28. 

The Honolulu Police Department opened a second-degree murder investigation in connection with the infant’s death, according to police spokes-woman Michelle Yu.

The medical examiner conducted an autopsy on the baby, but final results were pending the result of tests.

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