Grandmother, father charged with custodial interference

Published On: Apr 24 2013 02:36:43 PM HST

Katherine Ruth Hunter (left) and Noah Sanchez

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police have filed charges against the non-custodial father and grandmother of a 2-year-old Lanai boy who was with them on Hawai'i Island.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, detectives charged 53-year-old Katherine Ruth Hunter of Pahoa and 25-year-old Noah Sanchez of Pahoa with custodial interference.

Hunter’s bail was set at $2,000.  Sanchez’s bail was set at $10,000.  Unless they are able to post bail, their initial court appearance was scheduled on Thursday and they will be held at the Hilo police cellblock until then.

On March 5, the child's 22-year-old mother, who is his legal custodian, gave Hunter permission to fly him from Lanai to the island of Hawai'i to visit her for five days.  Hunter then failed to return the child to his mother on Lanai.

The child was found unharmed with Sanchez and Hunter in the Leilani Estates subdivision Tuesday afternoon.  Sanchez and Hunter were arrested.  The boy was reunited with his mother at the Hilo police station Tuesday evening.


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