This riveting, four-part, book series reveals the shocking details of Hawai’i’s most notorious case of child abuse and murder -- the heartbreaking story of Peter Boy’s short life, from 1991 to 1997.
It’s a “must read” for everyone who loves Peter Boy and everyone who wants to understand how Peter Boy’s tragedy could have even happened.
It shines a bright light on how Hawai’i’s “system” to protect children from parental child abuse and neglect failed little Peter Boy, again and again.
Peter J. Kema, Jr., lovingly called “Peter Boy” throughout Hawai’i, was only six years old when he vanished in 1997. Not until 19 years later, in 2016, are his parents indicted for murdering him. Even now, his little body has yet to be found.
ABC News recently reported, on December 1, 2016:
“The Big Island boy in the late 1990s and early 2000s became the face of a campaign for missing and abused children. Posters and bumper stickers asked, ‘Where’s Peter Boy?’”
Ironically, and very sadly, the truth is that Peter Boy has been dead since 1997 – he was never “missing” at all!
Peter Boy’s mother and father had a long history with Child Protective Services in Hawai’i prior to Peter Boy’s disappearance.
Exposing the truth about Peter Boy’s suffering – as well as exposing all of the mistakes made by well-intentioned people who exposed Peter Boy to such suffering – will finally enable Hawai’i’s still-flawed “system” of child protection, and similar “systems” to protect children everywhere, to be re-examined and appropriately reformed.
This incredible book series tells all that needs to be said, and fully appreciated, about Peter Boy and the devastating consequences from too many mistakes – both human errors and systemic flaws – made in the Child Protective Services case on Peter Boy’s family, from 1991 to 1999.
Devastating consequences resulting from both preventable harm and justice delayed.
If the lessons exposed by this whistle-blower book series – the lessons yet to be learned from Peter Boy’s heartbreaking story -- are taken to heart by public officials everywhere, then Peter Boy’s legacy will be a positive one. Peter Boy’s short and tragic life will prevent many other children from needlessly suffering, and even save children’s lives.
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At only three months of age, Peter Boy sustained three fractured ribs.