Navy wife arrested over baby’s death in Hawai’i

Woman Arrested In Ohio Over Baby’s Death In Hawaii

Authorities Say Mother Smothered Infant

POSTED: 5:22 pm HST January 16, 2006

HONOLULU — Authorities arrested a military wife in Ohio wanted for the murder of her baby in Hawaii.

It involves a cold case from a few years ago. Initially authorities didn’t have enough evidence to go forward with a murder charge, but new evidence has come to light and a federal grand jury indicted the woman last month, a source close to the investigation said.

Nina Manning, 25, was placed in custody at an Akron, Ohio, jail. Akron police arrested Manning Friday after U.S. marshals in Hawaii alerted Ohio authorities of the federal warrant for her arrest.

Manning is accused of smothering her infant child to death while living in Pearl Harbor Navy housing in 2002, then trying to cover it up.

From Hawaii, Manning and her family moved to Georgia. There, according to a source, her other children were taken into custody by state authorities.

Manning was living in Ohio with relatives when she was arrested Friday, sources said.

Domestic violence experts said many people find themselves overwhelmed when faced with parenthood, but they say there are community resources to help.

“It is hard to ask for help, but it could save a life. I think they can call anonymously to certain agencies,” said Nancy Kreidman, of the Domestic Violence Clearing House.

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