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Murder of Ariel Sellers: Motion to Unseal Kalua Family Court Records
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1830 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Judiciary

Murder of Ariel Sellers: Motion to Unseal Kalua Family Court Records

from Public First

Public First moved to unseal portions of the sealed family court proceedings of Isabella P. Kalua f.k.a. Ariel Sellers, whose adoptive parents have been charged with her murder.  

One motion seeks to unseal portions of Isabella’s adoption case, and the other motion seeks to unseal portions of her foster care proceeding.  

The State Department of Human Services recommended that Isabella be placed in the care and custody of Isaac K. Kalua, III and Lehua Kalua–first as foster parents, then for adoption–despite signs of serious abuse and neglect and other potential red flags.  

Isabella is now declared dead, and the Kaluas are charged with her murder.  

Under these extreme facts, the secrecy generally afforded to these types of cases should yield to openness.  Otherwise, the public will never have access to the information necessary to ensure the proper functioning and oversight of the foster care and adoption procedures that are part of the State’s child welfare system.  

Public First’s motions will be heard on February 21.

Motion to Unseal Court Adoption Records of Isabella P. Kalua (1/12/24)

Motion to Unseal Portions of Child Protective Act Proceeding of Isabella P. Kalua (1/12/24)

CB: John Hill: The State Will Need To Explain To A Judge Why It Won't Reveal Its Actions In A Notorious Child Abuse Case

RELATED: Special Master: Presiding Judge Had ‘100s of Pages of Disqualifying Information’ in Kalua Case


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