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Starvation case reveals gap in safety net for abused children

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    Prosecutors allege that Shaelynn’s parents, Kevin Lehano, middle, and Tiffany Stone, right, and her maternal grandmother, Henrietta Stone, left, caused the 9-year-old’s death by starving her, starting in late October 2015.

By simply submitting a one-page form, the family of a 9-year-old Hilo girl who starved to death in 2016 was able to remove the child from the public school system to educate her at home despite a long and troubled history with the state’s child welfare system. Read more

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