Invisible Children

Shaelynn Lehano-Stone

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Shaelynn Lehano-Stone

Shaelynn A. Lehano-Stone, age 9, was starved to death by her parents, Kevin Lehano and Tiffany Stone, and her grandmother Henrietta Stone. Shaelynn was homeschooled.

Shaelynn and her brother were removed from their parents’ custody in 2007 after Lehano assaulted Tiffany Stone. Later, Henrietta Stone became Shaelynn’s legal guardian, although her parents lived in the same apartment complex and were allowed to have daily contact with her. Shaelynn attended Hilo Union Elementary School until November 2015, when her family pulled her from school to homeschool her. She was forbidden from leaving her home, starved, and deprived of water and medical attention for about eight months until her death.

The abuse came to light when authorities were called and found her emaciated and close to death. She died a few hours later in the hospital. Lehano and the Stones were charged with second-degree murder.

Date: June 28, 2016
Hilo, Hawaii


Documents: Date:
CPS had been in contact with Hawaii girl starved to death since she was a toddler 07-14-2017
Child allegedly starved: Parents, grandmother indicted in 2016 death of Hilo girl 07-15-2017
Hilo girl allegedly starved to death was once ward of state 07-18-2017
Homeschooling rules allow abused children to slip through the cracks 07-27-2017
Big Island child who starved to death was repeatedly returned to alleged abusers, records show 01-14-2020