Hawaii mystery: Child's fingers found in trash
The fingers were found in this trash bin a month ago.
March 13th, 2012
08:48 AM ET

Hawaii mystery: Child's fingers found in trash

Police in Honolulu are asking for the public's help in finding the answers to a horrible mystery: How did the fingers of a child end up in a trash bin at a housing complex?

The fingers were found a month ago, according to a Honolulu Police Department news release.

"Laboratory testing has determined that the fingers are those of a child," police said in Monday's release.

The fingers are those of a girl, 2½ to 4 years old, CNN affiliate KHON-TV reported, citing police sources. Six fingers were recovered, according to the report.

Gina Rose Vendegna, who lives near the Kukui Gardens housing complex in Honolulu's Kalihi neighborhood, told KHON that she found the fingers in the trash bin while looking for material to recycle.

When she came across a zippered plastic bag with the fingers inside, she said, she mistook them for ginger root and took them home.

"I'm a gardener, and I recycle, and I thought I'd be able restore them. So I threw them in my purse," KHON quotes Vendegna as saying.

When she got home, she took a second look at her find.

"I knew for a fact those were fingers when I seen the fingernails. And people I tried showing them to tried telling me that it wasn't, that it might be monkey fingers. And I thought just by chance I'm going to call the Police Department, turn 'em in and let them decide," she told KHON.

Police said Vendegna was not a suspect.

Checks of missing person reports and local hospitals, as well as interviews of residents of the housing complex, have not turned up any leads, police told CNN affiliates.

"Twenty-five years in the department, I've not seen something like this where we've just found partial," police Sgt. Kim Buffett told affiliate Hawaii News Now.

Residents of the housing complex are scared.

"I have chicken skin," Noelani Dilyard told Hawaii News Now. "It's creepy. It really is."

Children who live in the complex and use a nearby playground said they were frightened, and adults said they'd be extra cautious with their kids.

"Maybe I never let them go out because, you know, scary," resident Monimer Serna said.

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  1. Evangenital

    To ______ with religion.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Do you use every chat board to simply bash religion? And you wonder why those of us who are religious have no time or patience for people like you.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • SherwoodOR

      How did religion come into this?

      March 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgthinking

      SO Evangi – anything helpful, rational or thoughtful you might want to add?

      March 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 777

    God Bless all the little childern of the world. May the peace of God be with this child and all children. this person or persons who did this will pay for what they did here on earth by the law of land or later when they will give account for all there deeds they did on earth to GOD you can hide and run from man but you can not hide and run from GOD!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Daisy

      God bless the children of the world? Bless them like using his great love and omnipotence to not do one thing to help a child whose fingers are being cut off?

      March 13, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Niki

      I am a fan of 777
      YOUR ROCK !!!

      March 13, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • DrewNYC

      If God is all knowing, then he created the person(s) who did this to a child. Your God made this person knowing that they were going to harm a child. If they ever find this kid alive, I'm sure you'll say that she had an angel watching out for her. Are you not forgetting that God did this in the first place? Also, how about stop waiting for God to punish them, and focus better on catching them in this life.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • tensor

      Look around the globe. All those screwed up adults wreaking havoc were once children. Kids don't deserve to be murdered – no one does, but not all 7 billion humans choking the planet are angels of any age. Religion is generally at the root of all evil.

      March 13, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Is Lord


      HE left us in charge. So, stop complaining and get to work!

      March 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi

      There are no gods or goddesses, demons or devils, ghosts or goblins. Religion was invented by man to control the masses.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Campbell

      @Jesus Is Lord – You are the first person I have read on a comments page that actually gets it. God does not use us as pawns. He put us here and left us to our own to see how we would do. He does not kill, heal, feed, starve or anything else. Kind of like an ant farm. He is sitting back watching what we do and one day, will pass judgement. I would love to say God Help us, but I think he has given us all the tools to do right all on our own.

      March 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Martoon

    Sounds like a horrific crime. That poor, poor child!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. tensor

    Perhaps less hunting down of dogs and all living creatures would make for a better world.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Another one without a brain!

      March 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Nah , people like killing and eating animals that are better than them.

      March 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eb

      what the heck are you talking about?

      March 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharkfisher

      What has that got to do with this artical? You have got to be a peta/nazi

      March 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mystic Right Side

      The 'ARTICAL' would be a song Roots Manuva form his 2001 album, whereas the article could be the fingers or the written account of the episode of discovery. Staying in school is important for one's image.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Beam

    Oh how horrible! I bet is a case of child abuse and the child is being hidden. I hope they do a search in this apartment complex for this poor baby...cause who knows what other horrors she is going through...:( (if she is even still alive). 🙁 Praying they find her soon!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Timmytown

    I want to know who the heck is digging through the garbage "looking for things to recycle"......??
    Sounds like someone has too much time on her hands.....

    March 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonnyJive5

      And now she has too many fingers on her hands.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Someone recycles....someone posts judgmental comments. I wonder whose time is better spent.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rstlne

      It sounds to me like someone who does not have enough money, and needs to make more the only way they can!

      March 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mindless comments

      This is not the most affluent part of town. Collecting recyclable bottles is a good thing. If they sat around doing nothing
      people complain. They try to eke out a few extra bucks, people complain. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
      That goes for every clueless nimrod who put people down for taking minimal paying jobs.

      March 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |


    March 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |


      March 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • reason

      Why is god thanked for everything good that happens? Why is everything that is immediately inexplicable deemed a "miracle"?

      March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Campbell

      @ Because people are morons!!

      March 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    It's so sad reading these msg boards now. They are just filled with ignorant and angry comments supporting or rejecting religion and politics. Go be the change you wish to see in the world and strive for peace instead of anger and disharmony.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufus

      It's frustration. mon. We tried the hopey, changey thing with Obama and now realize we were duped.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slewatha

      Rufus, quoting Sara Palin does nothing to bolster your case.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. miriam

    Oh, that poor baby. What the h*ll is wrong with people?

    March 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Poor child.
    So, so sad.
    I hope this mystery gets solved, and the child is alive...

    March 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ann west

    🔴 Gross !!! Dumpster Diving Weirdo

    March 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      The place in which this person was "dumpster diving" is a housing project. Unlike some people who expect to be taken cared of by the system...she's trying to earn money by recycling. Personally I wouldn't do it....but why condemn someone as a "weirdo" who is just simply trying to make a living.

      March 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ann west

    🔴 STOP HURTING CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. talbet

    I'm sure they've grown back by now.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tony

    Remember 3 or 4 years ago in milwaukee they found a 15 year old girl somone cut her hands and feet off. All i can say is whats wrong with this world

    March 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • c

      the devil is the god of the earth and he is having a field day. there is no understanding it right now, someday there will be answers, until then we pray. for those who dont believe, explain the deviancy of man? no animals behave like this, so dont give me some scientific bull pucky for an excuse. this is satan at work pure and simple

      March 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jean worley

    Dont know how anyone can do that to a child . people are really sick to do sonething like that. so sad

    March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • c

      I get chills thinking of the fear in the child that it happened to. I pity the person who will face God for what they did

      March 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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