Peter Kema denouement

Sorry everyone, the internet was kaput for much of this week. I could access it on my cell phone using data, but the house connection didn’t work. Michael and I have been having issues with our provider since November.

It goes like this: we had to cut down on our expenses so decided to switch our cable and internet package to just internet. The service provider said okay, and yet EVERY SINGLE MONTH SINCE THEN, they’ve billed us for cable, phone and internet, and the result is either our account gets overdrawn and we have to pay fees to the bank, or our service provider stops providing service — ALL service, not just the services we no longer want — because we can’t pay the bill. Then Michael will call them and remind them that we’re only supposed to be getting internet now, and they will apologize, reduce our bill accordingly and promise it won’t happen again. Then it happens again.

Anyway. Now we’ve got our internet back and Michael plans to switch providers because he’s understandably fed up.

So. It looks like the Peter Kema case may be finally reaching its conclusion. Peter’s mother reached a deal with the prosecution last year, pleading guilty to manslaughter and agreeing to testify against her husband. Earlier this week, Peter’s father also pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced to twenty years and must serve a minimum of six, and he has agreed to lead police to the body. If he doesn’t follow through with that part, his sentence could be increased to 25 years.

At least they are going to jail, and this way Peter’s siblings will be spared the ordeal of having to testify. And I highly doubt Peter Sr., anyway, is going to get out after just six years. I expect he’ll have to serve the whole term, because the case is so notorious in Hawaii, and for the same reason I doubt he’ll be terribly popular in prison. Jaylin, unfortunately, is getting almost no time, even though she’s just as responsible for her son’s death as Peter Sr.

Peter’s parents did nothing but torture, neglect and abuse him his entire brief life. If there was any justice they ought to be getting a manslaughter conviction AND enough child abuse convictions stacked on top of one another to amount to life sentences for both of them.

I mean, read Peter’s Charley Project page to get an idea. Or take what it says in one of the articles I found about the case:

In Peter’s case the abuse started being documented when he was just three months old. After being brought into the hospital, x-rays showed old and new fractures in his shoulder, elbow, ribs and knees. He and his older siblings were removed from the home and they lived with their grandparents for the next three years.

Once he was back with his mother and father, his siblings reported Peter was again physically abused: suffering broken bones and black eyes, as well as enduring mental abuse like being forced to eat dog feces. But those reports came too late to save the six year old boy.

Why weren’t either of his parents charged with child abuse when he was an infant? Why were his parents allowed to regain custody of him? Jaylin’s parents loved Peter and they loved his siblings; it wasn’t like there was no one else willing to take care of the kids. According to the articles, since Peter’s death there have been “reforms” in Hawaii’s child protection system, in order to prevent more such tragedies. I certainly hope so.

We’ll see if Peter’s body can be found. It’s been 20 years so it may be unrecoverable. Here’s some articles:

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9 thoughts on “Peter Kema denouement

  1. Brian F Lockett April 7, 2017 / 11:59 am

    I think Peter will have to wind up on one of your Corpus Delicti lists. Not only is it surrounded on all sides by water (as is the whole state), there is still some volcanic activity on “The Big Island.” (The family lived in Hilo, right?) I don’t know how/where the currents there would move him if he were disposed in the sea, but the Pacific is a big ocean.

    My family went to Hawaii once and stayed in Kona (Big Island) when my dad (professor) went to a conference at some big telescope near there. I think that it was around 2000/2001.
    We went to a place that was like a big, black, frozen flash-flood. Signs were sticking up that had been alongside the road that was once there and you could see glowing red areas that were steaming. Were Peter dumped in such a place, especially at a time of high lava flow, he would be both incinerated and swallowed up and sealed off in rock (likely forever).

  2. Mia April 8, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    That beautiful little boy. I don’t know what kind of evil it takes to treat a child that way. He died slowly and painfully. I wish they could experience the same fate.

    • Melinda April 15, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Mia…this world can be such a cruel place for the most vulnerable among us. 😦

  3. Jaclyn April 9, 2017 / 1:58 am

    I really struggle with this…I always do when CPS is involved, as you said, and allows it to go as far as it did…”In Peter’s case the abuse started being documented when he was just three months old. After being brought into the hospital, x-rays showed old and new fractures in his shoulder, elbow, ribs and knees.” And why oh why were the children taken from the grandparent’s home and put back with the parents? This is a rhetorical question, which I know some of the answers to. Yet, this is where CPS still needed to monitor these crazy parents…”Once he was back with his mother and father, his siblings reported Peter was again physically abused: suffering broken bones and black eyes, as well as enduring mental abuse like being forced to eat dog feces.” Little Peter had 3 years love and care, hopefully, while with his grandparents.
    One other observation, Peter Sr. looks healthy enough in his court hearings. I don’t know why I think it could be any different, but I always hope that the criminal will look emaciated and completely down and out!

    • Melinda April 15, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      I agree, Kat…it seems that very often in life, bad people are the ones doing well and it’s unfair. But that’s the way it is, sadly.

      Poor Peter. 😦

    • Meaghan April 15, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      Well, look at Kim Jong Un, who looks a bit like a sumo wrestler, beach-ball shaped, while his people starve.

      • Melinda April 16, 2017 / 4:19 pm

        LOL, Meaghan…I missed your crazy sense of humor! “beach-ball shaped while his people starve”. Jeez. 🙂

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