Pahoa woman arrested, charged after police try to retrieve 9-year-old girl


Police have arrested and charged 34-year-old Calla Renata Grace Mae Weddington of Pahoa with various offenses following a violent incident that occurred last week at a residence on Lehua Drive in Pahoa.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24.


Puna patrol officers were assigned to respond to the Lehua Drive residence to retrieve a 9-year-old girl who was removed by Weddington from a school in Hilo in violation of a Family Court order.

When officers arrived, Weddington allegedly barricaded herself and the child within the residence and initially refused to communicate with officers or release the child to police custody.

Police said Weddington began exhibiting erratic behavior, which escalated to the point where she was no longer responding to officers.

An officer reportedly was able to open an unlocked door, where he was met by Weddington, who was advancing toward him while brandishing a knife, according to police.

Weddington allegedly attempted to close the door on the officer. However, Weddington eventually exited the residence without the knife and surrendered.

The child sustained minor knife wounds to her forearm and chest. The child received medical assistance at the scene and was later released to the custody of her father.

Weddington on Friday was charged with numerous offenses, including attempted first-degree assault of a police officer, second-degree assault, abuse family household member, unlawful imprisonment and second-degree custodial interference.

Her bail was set at $7,500, and her initial court appearance was scheduled.

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