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Two charged with attempted murder of infant

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man and woman have been indicted on charges including attempted murder of her infant son, who was hospitalized with multiple injuries in April.

During arraignments Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Christian Rosete and Passion Quirk pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault of the child.

Rosete, 27, who is also known as Christian Laronga-Rosete, of Wailea also pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony abuse of the child by impeding his breathing.

Quirk, 23, of Kahului also pleaded not guilty to first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

Police were called to the Maui Memorial Medical Center emergency room the afternoon of April 30 when the 11-month-old boy was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries including brain bleeding, according to police.

Police said the child was placed in protective custody and flown to Kapiolani Medical Center on Oahu for treatment.

In seeking a court order for protection against Rosete in May, Quirk said she and Rosete had been in a romantic relationship for six months. She said that in April, the baby was sleeping while she and Rosete were arguing. When the baby woke up and started crying, Rosete “picked up baby and tossed him onto the couch,” Quirk said in the petition. She said the baby landed on his butt first “and flew back and hit his face on the chair.”

In the petition, Quirk said, “My baby had a seizure, so I took him to the hospital and police questioned me about it.”

Police said the mother’s statement did not coincide with the injuries the infant sustained.

Rosete was arrested in the case May 7 before being released pending further investigation.

Both he and Quirk were arrested Monday on indictments handed down Friday by a Maui County grand jury.

The attempted murder charge against Quirk alleges that she inflicted injury on the child or failed to obtain timely medical attention for him.

Bail was set at $1 million each for Quirk and Rosete, pending bail hearings Friday.

Rosete appeared by videoconference Tuesday from the Maui Community Correctional Center, where he has been held since May in other criminal cases.

He is charged with two counts of abuse of Quirk in April.

In another case, Rosete is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail for allegedly violating his probation in a 2019 case involving abuse of his mother.

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