Plea deal reached in ‘murder by abuse’ case

Kalman Eteuati and Valisha Eteuati are shown in their booking photo from last summer after being arrested on charges of murder by abuse. (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. June 18, 2013).
Kalman Eteuati and Valisha Eteuati are shown in their booking photo from last summer after being arrested on charges of murder by abuse. (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. June 18, 2013).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Prosecutors have reached a plea deal with two parents accused in the death of their 5-year-old son.

Kalman Eteuati and Valisha Eteuati are appearing separately this week before Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric Bergstrom for a change of plea hearing, sources confirm.

The two parents pleaded not guilty this past summer to Murder by Abuse after their 5-year-old son, Mahonarye Noa, died.

Prosecutors have said the parents unlawfully and recklessly, under extreme indifference to the value of human life, caused the death of their son.

Noa was taken to Portland Adventist Hospital June 14, 2012 where he passed away a short time after being admitted, officials said. According to investigators with the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team, the couple told police Noa had been injured after repeatedly falling.

An autopsy revealed Noa died of “battered child syndrome,” the medical examiner’s office said. Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit were called to assist with the investigation following the examination.

Kalman appeared in court Monday afternoon.

In court he wore restraints on his wrists and ankles as the judge said Kalman failed to provide medical care to his son — thus recklessly causing the boy’s death.

Kalmen pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree Manslaughter. He then was sentenced to 18 years in prison with two years of post-prison supervision.

About a dozen of his family and friends were in the courtroom for the hearing. Some were in tears.

Kalman’s mother told KOIN 6 News that the couple’s other children are doing well and are living with relatives.

Valisha will go before a judge at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

– KOIN 6 News reporters Brent Weisberg and Amy Frazier contributed information to this report.

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