A criminal complaint provides critical details of the last time a sibling saw Isabella Kalua in Waimanalo at home

Isabella Kalua’s older sister last saw the 6-year-old girl in a dog cage in the bathroom about two months ago with a “tape on her nose and mouth,” and she is not breathing, according to a criminal complaint filed today. against Isabella’s adoptive parents.

The complaint said Isabella’s sister told police on Nov. 5 that their adoptive mother, Lehua Kalua, had asked the sister to keep the secret of what happened to Isabella.

Lehua Kalua, 43, and her husband, Isaac K. Kalua III, 52, made their initial appearances before Family Court Judge Linda Martell at Honolulu District Court via video conference of the courthouse cell this morning.

Both are charged with second-degree murder and are being held without bail.

Deputy public defender Justin Tanaka represented the pair at their initial appearances today. Their preliminary hearing is set for November 26.

According to the complaint, the sister reported that she was woken up by their parents during the early morning hours one day and saw Isabella with tape on her nose and mouth, and not breathing, the complaint said.

Lehua Kalua then allegedly took Isabella out of the cage and filled a bathtub with water. She put her in it to wake her up, but she didn’t, the complaint said.

The mother told Kalua’s sister to go back to sleep.

She reported knowing that Isabella was dead but not where her parents put Isabella after the last seeing her dead in the bathroom.

Kailua’s sister recalled a few days later that Isaac Kalua III had taken time off work to “help mom.”

When police asked why Isaac Kalua would need to help his mom, she said, “to remove things … evidence,” the complaint said.

Kalua’s sister also told police Lehua Kalua did not feed Isabella and often put tape on her and put her in a dog cage because she snuck around and would eat at night. The sister would try to steal food from Isabella “but Lehua would catch them and get upset,” the complaint said.

The adoptive parents called 911 on the morning of Sept. 13 to report Isabella Kalua, also known by her birth name as Ariel Sellers, as missing. They told police they last saw her in her bedroom around 9pm the night before.

Lehua Kalua told police she woke up the next morning between 5 and 6 in the morning and discovered that the side door of the was closed but unlocked. When she went to Isabella’s room, she said, she realized she wasn’t there, according to police.

Isaac Kalua III, also known as Sonny, told police he last saw Isabella in the kitchen around 7 p.m. after they had dinner on Sept. 12 and that he slept around 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., the criminal complaint said. . He said he woke up around 6:30 am when he heard his wife scream that Isabella was missing.

Those statements were proven false based on video surveillance that police recovered from the area, Lieutenant Deena Thoemmes said at a news conference Wednesday.

The lawsuit revealed that Isabella was last seen on surveillance on Aug. 18.

During the news conference, police said they determined she probably died in mid-August, based on the police station’s analysis with the assistance of the FBI.

The case was initially classified as a missing case. Last week, police reclassified the case to murder.

Police and the FBI searched Kalua’s property in Waimanalo and surrounding areas in search of Isabella’s body.

At about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lehua Kalua was arrested at their Waimanalo home after an attack by police and the FBI. Within the same hour, police also arrested Isaac Kalua III at his workplace at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

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