A 9-year-old boy is in an Idaho juvenile detention center after failing to appear in court for a previous charge. That charge was stealing a pack of gum.
Police Chief Scott Haug told KHQ-TV he has never seen an arrest warrant issued to someone as young as 9 years old in his 30 years in law enforcement.
"I was surprised it had gotten to this level,” Haug said.
The boy from Post Falls, Idaho, had missed two court dates and that’s when Kootenai County prosecutor Barry McHugh issued the warrant.
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Haug told KHQ-TV that business owners tend to press charges against anyone who steals, even if it’s just a pack of gum. He added that the boy failed to appear in court because the family reportedly had no way of getting him to the courthouse.
“Had we known that before the court date we would have provided something for the family,” Haug said. “I wish we would have had more information that way we could have provided some sort of assistance.”
The 9-year-old boy is currently in the juvenile detention center and will soon appear in court.
McHugh was unavailable for comment because the case involves someone younger than 18 years old.