In yet another example of the sometimes cruel, bizarre and even medieval nature of our nation’s justice system, a 9 year-old boy is currently sitting in an Idaho juvenile hall for failing to appear in court – for stealing a pack of gum.
Considering that his family doesn’t own a car and have no way of getting him to court, you’d think that the judge would have taken that into consideration. But no, he issued a warrant instead – for a f-cking 9 year-old kid.
Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh, who issued the arrest warrant, was not able to comment because the case involves someone younger than 18 years old. However, Haug says the warrant was issued because it was the second time the 9 year old missed his day in court.
Haug says this is the first time in his 30 years in law enforcement that he’s ever seen an arrest warrant issued for someone as young as nine.
“I was surprised that it had gotten to this level,” says Haug.
“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.”
Prosecutors told KHQ that they have no idea when the child will have his court date.
Watch KHQ’s report on the story below: