HIS­TORY OF ABUSE

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2007

>> Oc­to­ber: A Fam­ily Court judge ter­mi­nates An­gelique Rooney’s parental rights to her 4-year-old daugh­ter. Rooney is preg­nant with Zion.

>> De­cem­ber: The Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices closes the case in­volv­ing Rooney, end­ing over­sight, about a week af­ter Zion is born.

2008

>> March: Zion, 4 months old, is ad­mit­ted to Ka­pi­olani Med­i­cal Cen­ter with rib frac­tures and brain dam­age. DHS con­sid­ers Rooney and Kyle McKe­own, the boy’s fa­ther, pri­mary sus­pects.

>> March: A mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team de­ter­mines Zion’s in­juries are likely due to mal­treat­ment and he would be un­safe re­turn­ing to his par­ents’ home. The cou­ple lose cus­tody. Yet no per­pe­tra­tor is iden­ti­fied. The team notes that both par­ents have a his­tory of fam­ily vi­o­lence and McKe­own has prior con­vic­tions for as­sault and abuse. Still, the team rec­om­mends max­i­miz­ing fam­ily re­uni­fi­ca­tion ef­forts.

2009

>> Jan­uary: Zion’s court-ap­pointed guardian ad litem ques­tions DHS’ de­ci­sion to close the 2007 case just days af­ter Zion was born. “Given the sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing mother’s his­tory and eval­u­a­tion, DHS had no busi­ness clos­ing the case and putting Zion at risk,” at­tor­ney Mal­colm Hong writes. “Per­haps his in­juries could have been avoided had DHS re­mained on the case.”

>> Jan­uary: DHS tells the court that the par­ents do not agree with the depart­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion. But the cou­ple go along with a service plan. The agency’s goal still is re­uni­fi­ca­tion.

>> April: DHS con­tin­ues to have safety con­cerns with the par­ents. It gives them three more months to com­ply. By July, both par­ents are in ther­apy. >> Septem­ber: Zion is re­uni­fied with his mother — with­out a re­quired mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team re­view to pro­vide feed­back on whether re­uni­fi­ca­tion is ap­pro­pri­ate. No re­stric­tions are placed on Zion’s vis­its with his fa­ther.

>> Oc­to­ber: McKe­own, now liv­ing on Maui, is ar­rested for al­legedly as­sault­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing a bar in­ci­dent.

>> De­cem­ber: Fam­ily Court ju­ris­dic­tion of Zion is ter­mi­nated based on rec­om­men­da­tions of DHS and others in­volved in the case. DHS says safety is­sues are re­solved and Rooney demon­strates ap­pro­pri­ate par­ent­ing skills. But McKe­own can­not pro­vide a safe home for Zion, ac­cord­ing to DHS.

2010

>> Fe­bru­ary: DHS re­ceives an anony­mous re­port al­leg­ing that Zion is be­ing abused by Rooney but does not con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

>> April: DHS closes the file on Zion’s case. >> Novem­ber: Rooney gives Zion to his fa­ther on Maui.

2012

>> May: McKe­own brings a se­verely in­jured Zion to Maui Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The fa­ther claims Zion col­lapsed in the shower. The 4-year-old dies a day later.

>> June: A post-death re­view high­lights DHS’ fail­ure to get rec­om­men­da­tions from an out­side team of ex­perts be­fore re­uni­fy­ing Zion with his mother. The re­view also notes that DHS pro­vided only min­i­mal over­sight — three months — fol­low­ing re­uni­fi­ca­tion. >> June: McKe­own and his girl­friend, Grace Lee-Nakamoto, are charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with Zion’s death. A trial is pend­ing.

2017

>> May: The Leg­is­la­ture ap­pro­pri­ates $875,000 to set­tle a 2014 neg­li­gence law­suit filed on be­half of Zion’s es­tate.

STAR-AD­VER­TISER / 2012

A pic­ture of Zion McKe­own is held by his grand­mother, Maryann Rooney.

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