WAILUKU - A Maui grand jury has indicted a Wailuku man and his live-in girlfriend, charging them with second-degree murder in connection with the death of man's 4-year-old son, police said.
Kyle McKeown, 32, was back in custody Friday afternoon after he had been free pending a preliminary hearing and an ongoing investigation into the May 30 death of his son Zion, who died from blunt force trauma to his lower abdomen.
McKeown, 32, was being held on $1 million in bail at the Wailuku Police Station, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
KYLE McKEOWN, indicted by Maui grand jury
McKeown and girlfriend, Grace Lee-Nakamoto, 27, were both indicted Friday, Rego said, although police had not located Lee-Nakamoto as of early Friday afternoon.
Lee-Nakamoto also faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the boy's death.
McKeown and Lee-Nakamoto were released from custody June 5, pending an investigation and preliminary hearing in Family Court.
McKeown and Lee-Nakamoto took an unresponsive Zion McKeown to the Maui Memorial Medical Center emergency room at 10:55 p.m. May 29. The couple and boy had been living at the Hale Kono apartments on Vineyard Street, and other residents said that McKeown did not appear to be working.
The boy died at 4:30 a.m. May 30, with preliminary autopsy findings showing his injuries to his abdomen were most likely caused by "someone stomping on him while he was lying on the ground," according to an affidavit.
The couple was originally charged May 31. When the couple was released, a judge ordered them to have no contact with children and to surrender their passports.