Isabella Kalua’s adoptive parents accused of having taped and left daughter in dog cage ‘many times’ while siblings watched, according to new court documents

A screenshot from a Hawaii TV news report overlooking the homes of Isaac and Lehua Kalua.  Chyron reads: 'Police arrest, charge Lehua & Isaac Kalua'

A local TV reporter’s view of the scene on Thursday at the home of Isaac and Lehua Kalua.HawaiiNewsNow

  • According to new documents, Isaac and Lehua Kalua were accused of killing their adopted daughter Isabella.

  • Their eldest daughter said the parents taped Isabella’s mouth and nose with gaffa and locked her inside a dog cage, according to the documents.

  • The couple risks life in prison without parole if they are found guilty of second-degree murder.

In new court documents released Friday, Hawaiian investigators claimed Isaac and Lehua Kalua taped their 6-year-old adopted daughter’s mouth and nose with gaffa, leaving her in a dog cage.

The couple reported their adopted daughter Isabella, also known as Ariel Sellers, missing on September 13, but investigators now believe the girl had died at least a month before that time and that the parents covered it up and hid evidence, according to Honolulu Police. Department.

A complaint filed by Detective Alan Oku with the Honolulu Police Department, which was made public when the couple appeared in court and were charged with second-degree murder, was reviewed by Insider. If the couple is found guilty, the couple risks life imprisonment without parole.

The documents claim new surveillance footage and an interview with Isabella’s older biological sister, who was also adopted by the couple along with another sibling.

According to the complaint, authorities recorded an interview with Isabella’s big sister, who was not named, in which she claimed her parents killed her sister and then covered it up.

The sister told authorities that Isabella “was in the bathroom of a dog cage with duct tape on her mouth and nose and she did not wake up.”

The sister claimed she saw her sister in the bathroom at 6 p.m. 03.30 local time on September 12 because her parents woke her up, according to the documents. “Lehua then filled the bathtub with water and put IPK in it to see if she would wake up, but it did not work,” the complaint states. The sister “then had to help carry IPK to their bedroom,” the complaint added.

Insider reached out to Justin Tanaka, who represents the Kalua parents.

The sister, who was interviewed on November 5, told authorities she was asked to keep it a secret about two months ago and that “she knows IPK is dead because she was there.”

According to the complaint, the sister also told authorities that Isaac forged a COVID-19 diagnosis and took a day off from work in September to help Lehua cover up the death.

The sister told authorities that Isaac left work to “help mom” and “get rid of things … evidence.”

In the interview, the sister also shared that the parents used the dog cage on Isabella “many times” and did not own a dog. Isabella’s sister told authorities that her parents did not feed her little sister and that Isabella would sneak out of her room at night to eat – so her parents bought a dog cage and often used it on her, as well as duct tape.

In addition to the interview, authorities in Honolulu also revealed important new surveillance footage, which they claimed the couple originally said did not exist.

“On September 13, 2021, video surveillance was restored from the Kalua residence,” the complaint states, noting that Isaac Kalua had originally told authorities that their camera surveillance system was constantly on and off.

Prior to Friday, authorities were only able to access video surveillance from the Kalua household until August 18.

FBI agents are still searching for the remains of Isabella Kalua in the face of new allegations.

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