Amidst criticism, good Samaritans helping child recover

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011

Criticisms have flooded the blogs on stories concerning Reina Stone, a 2-year-old beaten by an adult on May 13, 2010. The remarks had become so hateful toward the mother of the young girl that the comment option on the Juneau Empire web site was taken down on those articles.

“It still doesn’t stop people from coming up to me and criticizing,” Stone’s mother Adrienne Hosiner said.

The toll has been both emotional and physical on Hosiner.

Reina does not stay with her mother but with friends. Hosiner says her own infliction with multiple sclerosis makes it hard to care for Reina right now.

Hosiner said she still has the final say over Reina’s care but declined to have a therapy session monitored saying, “I don’t think that is wise. She doesn’t do well with a lot of distraction right now.”

Family members have said that Reina, now three, is a ward of the state due to the cost of the care she must receive and continue to receive for an undetermined amount of time.

Presently there is no confirmation as to what Stone’s prognosis will be.

A dedicated staff at Bartlett Regional Hospital treats Stone in therapy sessions three-to-five times a week. The hospital cannot comment on patients or their treatment without the consent of legal guardians.

“She is doing a lot better than the last time we talked,” Hosiner said. “A lot better. Immaculately better. She has full capacity of her full smile now and her head is not lopsided anymore.”

Due to Reina’s age doctors cannot determine if her eyesight will be normal. Hosiner said Reina cannot run but appears happy. Reina is also mentally below the age she should be, although she remembers her favorite books.

Hosiner said her attorney Marcus Rogers told her not to talk about Reina or any situations pertaining to Reina. Hosiner decided to get an attorney due to the case against Reina’s attacker, Nicholas Kokotovich, who was, at the time of the assault on Reina, the fianc¿ of Hosiner.

Hosiner stated she broke all relations with Kokotovich when Reina was medivaced to Seattle with life threatening conditions the night of the attack.

While in Seattle Hosiner learned from Kokotovich that he admitted to leaving the girl alone so he could get high on oxycontin and had become angry with the girl when he returned.

Kokotovich struck the girl repeatedly when she said no and when she cried. Her injuries were such that Hosiner described it as “being in a fight with an adult.”

Kokotovich pleaded guilty to first-degree assault on March 8 and will be sentenced June 21. Two other assault charges were dismissed in the agreement. The class “A” felony carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Hosiner says she is hesitant to speak about Reina because Kokotovich may read about her and, “He has no right to know anything about her because of what he did to her.”

Family members of Kokotovich say that he has found God while incarcerated, is saved, and feels no guilt now over his actions.

A statement released from the Office of Children’s Services says that Alaska statutes prevent them from disclosing details of any specific case.

“The staff of the Office of Children’s Services, like all Alaskans, cares deeply about the health and well-being of all children,” the release says. “With everyone’s help we can ensure that all children in Alaska are living in safe homes, with loving families.”

The release states that all concerns about child welfare can be addressed by calling 1-800-478-444 and parents who would like help or advice about raising children may call the Alaska Parent Line at 1-800-643-KIDS.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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