The boy from Post Falls, Idaho, is being held in a Juvenile Detention Center after "failure to appear" in court

By Caitlin Keating
January 12, 2015 01:00 PM
Courtesy Kootenai County Attorney's Office

A 9-year-old boy was arrested for a crime that would land most children his age in a time-out.

The child from Post Falls, Idaho, is being held in a Juvenile Detention Center after “failure to appear” in court for allegedly stealing a pack of gum, according to local station KHQ-TV.

He missed court because relatives had no way of getting him to the courthouse.

“I was very surprised that it had gotten to this level,” said Post Falls Chief Police Scott Haug. “I wish we would have had some more information so we could have provided assistance.”

Haug told the outlet that it’s the first time in his 30 years in law enforcement he’s ever seen an arrest warrant for one so young.

Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh wouldn’t comment to KHG-TV, because the case involves a minor, but he did say the warrant was issued because it the second time the 9-year-old missed his day in court.

But there will not be a third time. The child will soon stand before a judge.

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