Las Vegas mother questioning child's death in Hawaii

LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas mother is desperate for answers after her daughter dies while visiting her father in Hawaii.

The girl's parents had a shared custody arrangement of 2-year-old Ocean Wright splitting her time between Las Vegas and Oahu.

The toddler was rushed to a hospital on the island after suffering severe burns last month.

Sassidy Curry was by her daughter's side when she took her last breath.

"I said, Ocean I love you. I said, I'm sorry Ocean." 

Two-year-old Ocean Wright died Sept. 25 after being hospitalized in Hawaii with severe burns to her head, arms, legs, and stomach. She was there for more than a month, fighting for her life.

"I said, don't stop. I said, she just needs a little bit more help and he said, 'she's been in cardiac arrest for two minutes.'"

At the hospital, Curry says she also noticed her daughter had other injuries.

"It was all up her thigh and big bruise on her belly, a bite mark on her arm."

As part of a custody agreement, the toddler was in Oahu for two months, visiting her father, Christian Whiting, a U.S. Army soldier living at the Schofield barracks. 

Curry says the father of her daughter shares a home with his wife and two other children.

Ocean's mother, who lives in Las Vegas, is now left with questions and suspicion as to how this happened to her child.

It's unclear who was home with the child at the time she was injured.

Curry says doctor's told her the burns appear to have been caused by hot or boiling water but are not consistent with injuries from a bath or a shower.

 "What happened to Ocean shouldn't happen to any kid. It shouldn't happen to any person," Curry said. 

At the time of the incident in August, the Honolulu Police Department initiated a first degree assault investigation. Child Protective Services was also called to the home in Hawaii.

After Ocean died, detectives reclassified their case to an "unattended death" pending results from an autopsy.

No one has been arrested.

"I can't stop," Curry said. "I can't stop until Ocean gets her justice." 

The mother of the toddler also filed a Temporary Restraining Order while she was in Hawaii. A court document says Ocean had previously been taken to a hospital in the island for a bruised cheek and swollen eye.

Her father and his wife did not provide information about how the little girl got hurt and left the hospital before doctors could perform x-rays.

Both have a pending child neglect and abuse case with CPS.
 


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