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. Cindy

    Saying a prayer for this child.....

    March 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Whitney

    Did anyone think the child may have donated her fingers voluntarily

    March 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • South Texas Resident

      NO.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      Donated to who? The trash? Obviously no rational person would draw such a conclusion.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • wellthen

      Can you imagine how much pain that little toddler is in? Can you imagine how affraid she must have been? Think about that – chump.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niki

      And that comment was for *shock value* you need some help and fast!!!

      March 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niki

      And with that statement, you have proven your self to have the same mentality as the person who cut off that child"s fingers.
      Sick , Sick, Sick. You are truly DISGUSTING!!!!

      March 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann west

      🔴 Like you donated your brain ?

      March 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. South Texas Resident

    If you all panic for finding a finger, you sure wouldn't make it in Northern Mexico where they find heads, legs, arms, and yes fingers too. This happens every single day, and people are already use to it!!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daisy

      What does that have to do with finding the fingers of a very young child in a dumpster in Hawaii? Are you saying that people should just blow it off because of the violence in Northern Mexico? What does one have to do with the other? This is something that would not bother you?

      March 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daisy

      What does that have to do with finding the fingers of a very young child in a dumpster in Hawaii? Are you saying that people should just blow it off because of the violence in Northern Mexico? This is something that would not bother you?

      March 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anchorite

      Yeah that's exactly what they're saying. They're saying that because they live in South Texas and they have to hear about stuff we should suck it up and not care when someone amputates a child's fingers for fun in Hawaii.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • EaglesQuestions

      When residents are no longer shocked upon the discovery of severed body parts,
      it's time to move out of that area. It's not a good place to be.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. VegasRage

    Apparently living in paradise just isn't enough for some people.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jake

    That means she only has 4 fingers.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      Congratulations, third grade serve you well.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. South Texas Resident

    Daisy, it does have to do with one another because people in HI panic over a finger and people in MX panic over dead bodies. People in South Texas and Northern Mexico have seen worse and yet no one cares to do something about it. Get your facts straight before replying to people's messages!

    March 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • EaglesQuestions

      But yours were the "facts" that they were responding to. Don't get mad at posters for responding within the context that you provided yourself.
      Your wording gave a different impression than what you were trying for. It's your own fault.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ed

    Go door-do-door and find the child with the missing digits.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Xopher

    We better put tougher regulations on all cutting tools. That will help prevent human nature from coming out. That's how we roll America if one person is harmed by another... Regulate. Hurt by a corporation or Gov.....Deal with it.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • wellthen

      Since when is it human nature to cut off a little girl's fingers?

      March 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. South Texas Resident

    I'm not saying it doesn't bother me, I'm saying that if the same attention would be given to us that live next to the border maybe somethings would have changed around here. Of course cutting a finger from a child is cruel but I have seen worse and a finger would not make me feel the same as seeing a head or a headless body.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • wellthen

      But this story isn't about you ...is it?

      March 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BIG "G"

    soylent green.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hausinbaudyadasauder

    this is a weird one if you ask me, but for crying out loud she had them in her purse, eweeeeeeeeeeew.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BIG "G"

    work your fingers to the bone and what do you get??? BONEY FINGERS

    March 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BIG "G"

    banasyfingers

    March 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BIG "G"

    what do you get? banasyfingers

    March 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BIG "G"

    soylentfingers.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
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