Man had mental care prior to attack


POSTED: Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A man charged with trying to kill his wife over the weekend was released from Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health center just two days before the stabbing, the man's niece said yesterday.

Herminio P. Sol, 64, of Waipahu is charged with attempted second-degree murder. His bail is $100,000.

Police said Sol stabbed his wife early Saturday in the bedroom of the couple's Puloku Street home while their three daughters slept in the same bedroom. One daughter awoke to find her mother lying on the floor in a pool of blood, asking her to call 911, police said.

The daughter also told police she saw her father kick her mother in the stomach while her mother was on the floor.

Niece Donna Swallow said she cannot believe what happened because her uncle was never violent.

She said Sol had health problems, including surgery for prostate cancer, and had recently checked into Kahi Mohala.

“;I know he had medical bills that he couldn't deal with,”; she said. “;So I'm assuming he asked for help.”;

Kahi Mohala provides mental health care services for children, adolescent and adults. Federal pri-vacy laws prevent officials from confirming whether Sol was a patient at the center.

Police said Mary Grace Sol was stabbed several times, including once in the neck. An ambulance took her in critical condition to a hospital, where her condition improved to serious.

Swallow said her aunt is fine. She said the Sols' three children are 13, 4 and 2. She said her uncle has another daughter who is in her 30s.