Polk County Sheriff's Department Press Release (July 6, 2023)

Rathdrum toddler dies after being found in hot car

Idaho State Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who was found in a hot car outside a Rathdrum home.

The toddler had been playing and was discovered in the car by family members, who called 911, according to a news release issued by ISP. The temperature was around 92 degrees.

When Rathdrum police arrived at the scene, they attempted lifesaving measures. They later requested that ISP detectives join the investigation, which remains ongoing.

The Kootenai County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

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“Any time there’s a loss of a child, it’s just a very tragic event no matter if it’s by natural means or by accident or by some other means,” he said.