Infant child of Kaneohe Marine dies from skull, brain injuries

Hawaii News Now reported that 14-month-old Zayden Lonergan, the child of a Kane’ohe Marine, died from head injuries suffered nearly a year ago:

Military officials say the baby was taken unconscious to the federal fire station at Marine Corps Base Hawaii and then transferred to Castle Medical Center in March of last year.

He had been living with his parents on the base in Kaneohe at the time. His father is Marine Sgt. David Lonergan.

Navy investigators say the little boy never regained consciousness.


Zayden took a turn for the worse and died at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children earlier this week. An autopsy found he died of complications from the head injuries.

What began as a child abuse case is now a homicide. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is leading the probe.

“No one is in custody and no charges have been filed,” Ed Buice, NCIS public affairs officer, said.

“(Marine Corps Base) Hawaii takes very seriously allegations of child neglect and abuse,” 1st Lt. Diann Olson, MCBH public affairs officer, said. “Those found responsible will be held accountable.”

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