An Idaho family, still mourning the loss of a 3-year-old child five years after his death, was locked inside a Kootenai County cemetery July 4 soon after going to the child's gravesite to celebrate his eighth birthday.
cemetery officials told the family they had to leave when nighttime set in, but the they were intent on having a gravesite remembrance and watch the fireworks. That's when family members said a city employee locked them in at Riverview Cemetery
in Coeur d'Alene and drove away.
"I felt terrible. I just laid down on Eli's grave and cried for a while," mother Bethany Mikolas told KREM-TV. "I was shocked and scared and we were stuck."
It wasn't until 90 minutes later that a cemetery supervisor returned to unlock the gates. Coeur d'Alene Parks Director Bill Greenwood has since called the family to apologize, according to KREM-TV. Greenwood promised the family that the scene would not be repeated next year.