SPOKANE, Wash. -- The toddler allegedly tossed over a hill by his mother is now a top priority for Child Protective Services. After a 50-foot tumble down a cliff, police immediately took the child into their custody.
The mother, Destiny Ahenakew was arrested.
The child was taken to the hospital. After a thorough checkup, KREM 2 News learned the boy was transferred to CPS custody. Authorities said CPS custody is a standard first step in any case where a parent is accused of hurting their own child.
By Monday evening, the little boy was in the care of relatives. Officials said that is almost always the first preference to find family members who can step in.
Even then, CPS is still responsible for keeping the child in safe hands.
Going forward, authorities said CPS investigators will be looking into the boy's parenting history, as well as relatives who may be involved.
Caseworkers will simultaneously be working on a safety plan, which could include being returned to the parent.
According to police, it all depends on criminal charges the mother now faces. It also depends on any educational classes or treatment services she may be required to go through to get her child back.
Ultimately, it will be up to a juvenile court to determine where the little boy is safest.
Authorities said the whole process could take months to decide.