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Grandmother and father charged with custodial interference 04-24-13

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Juvenile Aid Section, Area I
Lieutenant Lucille Melemai
Phone: 961-2254
Report No. C13008399


Media Release (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Island police have filed charges against the non-custodial father and grandmother of a 2-year-old Lanaʻi boy who was with them on Hawaiʻi Island.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday (April 24), detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section charged 53-year-old Katherine Ruth Hunter of Pāhoa and 25-year-old Noah Sanchez of Pāhoa with custodial interference.

Hunter’s bail was set at $2,000. Sanchez’s bail was set at $10,000. Unless they are able to post bail, their initial court appearance will be on Thursday and they will be held at the Hilo police cellblock until then.

On March 5, the child’s 22-year-old mother, who is his legal custodian, gave Hunter permission to fly him from Lanaʻi to the island of Hawaiʻi to visit her for five days. Hunter then failed to return the child to his mother on Lanaʻi.

The child was found unharmed with Sanchez and Hunter in the Leilani Estates subdivision Tuesday afternoon (April 23). Sanchez and Hunter were arrested. The boy was reunited with his mother at the Hilo police station Tuesday evening.