Police: 5-month-old baby murdered in 2022, case routed to prosecutors

Hawaii Island police detectives have forwarded a 2022 Puna murder investigation involving an infant to the county prosecutor’s office for review. The victim was 5-month-old Makia Alameda of Kalapana.

On Dec. 31, 2022, shortly after 4 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a call from the child’s 21-year-old mother who said that she and her boyfriend were headed from their Kalapana residence toward the Pahoa Fire Station with their unresponsive 5-month-old baby boy.


Puna patrol officers and Hawaii Fire Department personnel intercepted the vehicle on Highway 130 near Leilani Estates.

HFD personnel immediately began attempting life-saving measures on the baby while transporting him via ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room. He was later pronounced dead at 5:54 a.m.

During the course of this investigation, police detectives conducted numerous interviews with the child’s parents, as well as other witnesses, and performed many follow-ups. The scene was identified and processed, and items of evidence were recovered.

An autopsy was performed on Jan. 2, 2023, and the forensic pathologist ruled the cause of death was asphyxia, and the manner of death was determined to be homicide. The baby also was noted to have acute blunt force injuries, as well some in the healing stages.

This case initially was classified as a coroner’s inquest investigation until detectives received the final autopsy report in late 2023, when it was reclassified to second-degree murder.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact the Area I Criminal Investigation Section, at (808) 961-2255. Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

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