Police: Child unharmed and woman arrested in incident
An infant was found healthy and unharmed and a 21-year-old woman was arrested Thursday, concluding a police search for the woman and the child that began Wednesday night, police said.
The search for 8-month-old Lilikoi Ibara began after a confrontation reported between the girl’s 34-year-old mother and Riana Lee at 6:29 p.m. Wednesday at Kehalani Mako Gas in Wailuku, police said. After the two women argued, Lee reportedly used a sedan to ram the other woman’s Nissan truck, police said. The vehicles sustained minor damage.
Police said Lee fled in a gray four-door Honda sedan with the child. Shortly afterward, the car was found abandoned at a Wailuku restaurant, with Lee and the child nowhere to be found, police said.
After police alerted news mediaThursday morning and asked for the public’s help in locating Lee and the baby, Lee turned herself in at 11:30 a.m. at the Wailuku Police Station, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said Lee had the baby, who was healthy and uninjured.
Lee was released pending further investigation of charges of kidnapping and first-degree criminal property damage.
But she was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and abuse in connection with another case last week also involving the child’s mother, who lives in Pukalani, Rego said. Lee’s bail was set at $2,000 in that case.
Police said a Maile alert for the missing child wasn’t issued because portions of the case didn’t meet alert guidelines. The girl’s mother told police she didn’t think the infant was in danger but wanted police to find the child and make sure she was fine, said Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan.