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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, April 25, 2003


Mililani man indicted in ’02 death of baby girl

An Oahu grand jury has indicted a former Mililani man for allegedly causing the death of his 1-year-old daughter in February 2002.

David Mora, 31, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of Isabelle Mora. Bail was set at $100,000. He has yet to be arrested.

The toddler died at Wahiawa General Hospital. Details of her injuries were not available.

Court records show the baby's mother, Yasmine Barbour, had obtained a restraining order against Mora in April 2001 for allegedly physically abusing and threatening to kill her. Mora denied the allegations.

The court prohibited him from going near Barbour or her children.

The order was effective until April 25, 2004.

In court documents, Barbour alleged Mora had threatened her with a shotgun at one time and that he assaulted her in front of the children. She had three children -- two with Mora.

Mora subsequently pleaded guilty to abuse of a household or family member and was sentenced to two years' probation with 30 days in jail. He was also ordered to take domestic violence and anger management classes.

His probation was revoked in February 2002 for several reasons, including his failure to take the required classes and to contact his probation officer.

He was resentenced to complete the remainder of his two-year probation and spend a mandatory 60 days in jail.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> The Hawaii Exchange Center in Osaka, Japan, assists students who want to study at a number of institutions in Hawaii, including Hawaii Pacific University. An article on Page A3 Monday incorrectly reported that the institutions included the University of Phoenix.

>> Police arrested a 39-year-old Wahiawa man Tuesday near the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific, in Wahiawa after military police observed him with a machete and a loaded revolver. A police brief on Page A4 Wednesday incorrectly said he was arrested outside the main gate of Schofield Barracks.

>> The "Avant Pop" art exhibit will be on public display for one night only at Club Pauahi downtown on May 23. Information attached to an article on Page 26 of today's Star Weekend section was incorrect.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at fbridgewater@starbulletin.com.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Kona vice raid nets drug-related arrests

Big Island police arrested a dozen people during a drug bust in Kau earlier this week.

During Wednesday's sweep, Kona vice officers raided residences in Naalehu and Green Sands subdivision.

Officers also seized a number of items, including 1.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine, or "ice"; 26 grams of dry and 12.2 grams of wet marijuana; four marijuana plants ranging in height from seedlings to 3 feet; drug paraphernalia; surveillance equipment; $444 in cash; and two .22-caliber rifles with ammunition.

A total of five residences were searched.

Police said they will be seeking federal prosecution in several of the cases.

The 12 suspects are being held in the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation.

LEEWARD OAHU

Ewa Beach child's death called homicide

Honolulu police have reclassified an assault case involving a 2-year-old Ewa Beach boy as a homicide.

Police said the child died yesterday after being taken to St. Francis West Medical Center earlier this week.

According to the police, the young boy was taken to the hospital on Tuesday because of breathing problems.

A physician later determined that the child was suffering from massive swelling and bleeding of the brain and bleeding in one of his retinas.

The physician said that he was told by the police that the probable cause of the child's injuries was due to shaken-baby syndrome.

Police did not say who took the child to the hospital.

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