A West Boise couple were arrested on charges felony injury to a child in connection with an incident last summer when their 2-year-old daughter wandered five homes away to swim in a neighbors kiddie pool, KIVI-TV, Channel 6 reports.
Dennis R. Eichholz, 40, and Amber D. Pehrson, 32, were served with warrants at their Mobile Drive home Wednesday. Court records show both were booked into the Ada County Jail on two counts of felony injury to a child and then released.
Ada County Sheriffs Office deputies received a call July 3 from concerned citizens that a young girl wearing only pajama pants was in a kiddie pool in their yard, Channel 6 reports. The people did not know the child or where she lived.
Eichholz and Pehrson were not home when deputies brought the girl back. The deputies learned that three other children between the ages of 4 and 12 were tasked to watch the toddler, KIVI reports. Deputies also reported that the home in the 2400 block of Mobile Drive had a toilet backed up with feces, and there were large piles of clutter on the floor. There was no electricity except a power strip that pulled electricity from a relatives home. Police found a toaster oven on the floor and an open dishwasher with knives within a childs reach, according to reports.
All four children were declared to be in imminent danger and placed into the protective custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Channel 6 reports. Ada County prosecutors issued arrest warrants for Eichholz and Pehrson on Jan. 8. An arraignment hearing is set for next Tuesday.
The crime of felony injury to child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.