Caldwell Parents Accused Of Crimes Against Adoptive Children

Date: 2009-08-26

Prosecutors have charged Kekoa Gaunanvinaka and his wife, Kaylynn Gaunanvinaka, with several counts of felony injury to a child. And, according to an indictment issued in April, prosecutors have also charged Kekoa Gaunanvinaka with custodial kidnapping.

Canyon County detectives say Guananviaka took his adoptive daughter away from her grandparents, the girl's legal guardians, while on a visit and fled to Seattle. According to prosecutors, Gaunanvinaka terrorized the children over a period of two and half years.

"They were kicked and hit and pushed and shoved by Kekoa Gaunanvinaka", says Canyon County Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin.

Prosecutors say their adoptive mother, Kaylynn Gaunanvinaka, knew the beatings were going on and said nothing about it. Police arrested and charged her with three felony counts of injury to a child.

"This is a serious case we're definitely treating it as a serious case ... and doing our best to make sure Mr. and Mrs. Gaunavinaka are held accountable for their actions", says Kallin.

Kekoa Gaunavinaka is being held in the Canyon County Jail on $1 million dollars bond and Kaylynn Gaunavinaka is being held on a $250,000 bond.


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