Filipino parents plead guilty to manslaughter and abuse of their son
In Hawaii, the siblings of a deceased Filipino boy filed a lawsuit on Wednesday — suing both the state and their own parents in the 1997 death of their young brother.
6-year-old Peter Kema Junior, or Peter Boy, disappeared on Hawaii island in 1997.
But it wasn’t until 2017 that his father Peter Kema Senior and Filipina mother Jaylin Maureen Acol pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting 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.