By JOHN BURNETT
Tribune-Herald staff writer
Police have filed charges against the non-custodial father and paternal grandmother of a 2-year-old Lanai boy for allegedly failing to return the toddler to his mother, who has sole custody of the toddler.
At 11 a.m. Wednesday, detectives from the Hilo Juvenile Aid Section charged 53-year-old Katherine Ruth Hunter of Pahoa and her son, 25-year-old Noah Sanchez of Pahoa, with custodial interference.
The two are accused of failing to return the boy, Kingszon Sanchez, to his mother, identified in court documents as 22-year-old Alyssa Loquiao, after Loquiao gave Hunter permission to fly the boy to the Big Island to visit her for five days.
The child was found unharmed with Noah Sanchez and Hunter in the Leilani Estates subdivision Tuesday afternoon. The father and grandmother were arrested. The boy was reunited with Loquiao at the Hilo police station Tuesday evening.
Hunter was released on $2,000 bail and is pending her initial court appearance. Noah Sanchez was unable to post $12,000 bond for the custodial interference charge as well as failure to maintain bail or bond in another pending case.
Noah Sanchez made his initial court appearance on Thursday afternoon. Deputy Public Defender Patrick Munoz asked that Sanchez be allowed supervised release.
Deputy Prosecutor Greg Gimenez asked that bail be maintained, pointing out that Sanchez is awaiting trial on a felony assault charge and has a history of contempt of court.
“He has a lot of contempts of court, 13 in total,” Gimenez said. “The last was in 2011 with 30 days jail. He also has six pending. The state is not confident he’ll return if he’s asked to come back on his own. And lastly, for the seriousness of the charge, your honor.”
According to court records, Loquiao is the victim of the alleged assault. Documents state that Noah Sanchez hid the boy from Loquiao in his Leilani Estates home and refused to return the child to her when asked.
Hilo District Judge Harry Freitas maintained Sanchez’s bail and ordered him to return for a preliminary hearing this afternoon.
Reached by phone Thursday afternoon, Loquiao said the child is “OK.” Asked if the toddler understood what was going on, she replied: “I’m not sure.”
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