Press: Idaho 9-Year-Old Was Detained 22 Hours Following Arrest


More details have surfaced in the arrest of a 9-year-old Post Falls boy, which gained national attention. It turns out that the child, who was picked up by police for the theft of a pack of gum, was held for 22 hours. 

The Kootenai County prosecutor has since apologized for the incident and in a statement earlier this week said, "We should have attempted other options."  

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports
that the 9-year-old was detained for 22 hours. He was taken into custody at approximately 8 p.m. on Jan. 6, was taken to court the next day at approximately 4 p.m., and was released from the Kootenai County Juvenile Detention Center at approximately 6 p.m.on Jan. 7.

Post Falls Police said the alleged theft occurred in the summer of 2014 and the boy and his parents had ignored two court appearances. Police said they were legally obligated to arrest the boy, but never handcuffed or searched the child.

In a statement from Idaho 1st District Court on Jan. 14, officials wrote, "The juvenile did not remain detained for an extended period of time," according to the Press. The court also said that the arrest warrant was signed by Magistrate Scott Wayman and not District Court Judge Lansing Haynes, as was widely reported.