Child’s death 09-07-09

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section
Captain Randall Medeiros
Phone: 961-2251
September 7, 2009
Report No. C09025999

Image: Poulin mug shot

Anthony Poulin
…arrested for abuse of a family/household member

Media Release

Hawai’i Police Department detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 5-year-old girl identified as Javieanna Win. 

Sunday afternoon (April 24) at 3:06 p.m., Fire/Rescue personnel were summoned to an apartment at 120 Pu’ueo Street in the Wainaku area of Hilo to a report of a young child found, by a caregiver, unresponsive in a filled bathtub within the family’s apartment. Medics took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 4:28 p.m.

Injuries on the child appeared suspicious. Adding to the highly suspicious circumstances was a report police received less than an hour prior to the reported drowning. At 2:24 p.m. police received a call from a concerned citizen who reported witnessing a man grab a little girl by the hair and slam her against a cement wall on the corner of Shipman Street and Kamehameha Avenue. The ensuing investigation lead to the arrest of 30-year-old Anthony Serges Poulin, Javieanna Win’s caregiver and caller of the reported drowning. He was arrested for abuse of a family/household member but has not been charged. He remains in police custody at the Hilo cellblock as detectives continue their investigation.   

The investigation into the child’s death is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehahailua at 961-2252. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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