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Dad Sentenced To Death For 6-Year-Old Son's Disappearance 20 Years Ago

The unsolved case of "Peter Boy" sent shockwaves through Hawaii.

Two decades after a 6-year-old boy vanished in Hawaii, his father was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his death. According to Yahoo! NewsPeter Kema Sr. led prosecutors to the location of his son's body as part of his plea and was sentenced for manslaughter.

Kema told authorities that the body of his son, known as "Peter Boy," was in a remote coastal area on the Big Island in April. By this time, the water and elements had destroyed any physical remains. Kema took a polygraph test proving that he knew that the location was where he put the boy.

Prosecutors believe that Peter Boy was abused and died from septic shock after an arm sore went untreated. The mother, Jaylin Kema, was released from jail in April following serving a year for manslaughter. She agreed to the prosecutors' assertion of the abuse and confirmed lack of medical attention led to his death.

Back in 1997, the unsolved case of Peter Boy sent shockwaves through Hawaii and led to the creation of the "So, where's Peter?" rescue campaign. At the time, the father claimed he had given the boy away for informal adoption, but no one could verify that story.

 [Photo: Family photo, Hawaii News Now]

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