Suspects plead not guilty to murder of ‘severely malnourished’ 9-year-old in Hilo

Three family members have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the death of a 9-year-old girl.

On June 28, 2016, emergency crews were called to a home on Kinoole Street for a report of an unresponsive child.

First responders discovered a young girl, who officials say appeared to be “severely malnourished,” lying unconscious on the floor. She was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where she died a few hours later.

On Friday, July 14, 2017, Kevin Lehano, 49, Tiffany Stone, 33, and the child’s grandmother, Henrietta Stone, 59, were arrested for second-degree murder under the strength of a bench warrant following a grand jury indictment.

Court documents allege that all three failed to “provide necessary food and water and/or to obtain reasonably necessary and available medical services” from Oct. 23, 2015 until the girl’s death on June 28, 2016.

Lehano and Tiffany Stone pleaded not guilty in court Monday, and Henrietta Stone pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Trials for Tiffany and Henrietta Stone are scheduled for Nov. 13, while Lehano’s trial is set for Dec. 9.

All three remain in custody, unable to post $100,000 bail each.

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