Hawaii News — Three Years After A Baby’s Death, Grand Jury Indicts Xavier ‘PeeWee’ Cortez


Xavier “PeeWee” Cortez

(Media release) — Police have arrested a 38-year-old Mountain View man for a 2011 murder in Hilo.

At 9:40 a.m. Tuesday (January 28), acting on a tip, police arrested Xavier J. Cortez Jr., also known as Pee Wee Cortez, on the strength of a sealed arrest warrant for second-degree murder. He was located at a home in the Livingston subdivision in Mountain View and taken into custody without incident.

On January 22, the case was presented to a grand jury, which returned an indictment for second-degree murder. At the request of police and the prosecutor, the indictment was sealed while police actively searched for Cortez.

Cortez was held without bail until he made his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

On January 2, 2011, police received a report that 19-month-old Pomaikai Ferreira had been taken to Hilo Medical Center and was experiencing difficulties breathing. She was transferred by air ambulance to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where she died on January 9, 2011.

Cortez was initially arrested for first-degree assault on the day of the incident. He was later released pending further investigation by detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section.

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Ferreira ruled the death a homicide as a result of crainiocerebral injuries due to, or as a consequence of, abusive head trauma.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

8 replies
  1. Hugh Clark
    Hugh Clark says:

    What transpired from the death of child and now? No great investigation here — Sherlock Holmes not required.

  2. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    “Men don’t suddenly appear armed and dangerous; it takes years and years of training to turn innocent boys into violent men”, Oakland Men’s Project.

    “A nonviolent culture will be one where children
    aren’t forced to endure –
    Rejection, isolation.
    Threats of violence, and all kinds of violence.”
    Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, 1985, (thank you ‘T’).

  3. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    When you look into a child’s face
    And you’re seeing the human race
    And the endless possibilities there
    Where so much can come true
    And you think of the beautiful beautiful things
    A child can do

    How long — would the child survive
    How long — if it was up to you

    When you think about the money spent
    On defense by a government
    And the weapons of destruction we’ve built
    We’re so sure that we need
    And you think of the millions and millions
    That money could feed

    How long — can you hear someone crying
    How long — can you hear someone dying
    Before you ask yourself why?

    And how long will we hear people speaking
    About missiles for peace
    And just let it go by
    How long will they tell us these weapons
    Are keeping us free
    That’s a lie

    If you saw it from a satellite
    With it’s green and it’s blue and white
    The beauty of the curve of the earth
    And it’s oceans below
    You might think it was paradise
    If you didn’t know
    You might think that it’s turning
    But it’s turning so slow

    How long — can you hear someone crying
    How long — can you hear someone dying
    Before you ask yourself why?

    And how long will it be ’till we’ve turned
    To the tasks and the skills
    That we’ll have to have learned
    If we’re going to find our place in the future
    And have something to offer
    Where this planet’s concerned
    How long?
    jackson browne

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