Kin sue state, parents over death of boy 20 years ago

ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jan 12 2018 04:26 PM

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The siblings of a deceased Filipino boy filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, against the state and their own parents over the 1997 death of their young brother in Hawaii.

Six-year-old Peter Kema Jr., or 'Peter Boy,' disappeared on Hawaii island in 1997. 

It wasn’t until 2017 that his father Peter Kema Sr. and Filipina mother Jaylin Maureen Acol, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. 

They admitted that their abuse led to the death of Peter Boy, whose body they say they burned and dumped into the ocean.

With their parents behind bars, Peter Boy’s siblings are now suing them and the state, saying child protection services did not do enough to protect their brother from their abusive parents.

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