Deceased deputy's testimony allowed in hypothermia death trial - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Deceased deputy's testimony allowed in hypothermia death trial

SHOSHONE, Idaho - A district judge has made an important ruling in the manslaughter case against a man whose daughter died after he allowed her to hike 10 miles through the snow last December.

Prosecutors had planned to have a Deputy Josh Eggleston testify in the case against Robert Aragon, but Eggleston died in a car crash in July. 

Fifth District Court Judge G. Richard Bevan ruled that Lincoln County prosecutors will be able to use recorded testimony from Deputy Eggleston.  Prosecutors say that testimony is vital to their case. 

Aragon is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony injury to a child in connection to the death of his 11-year-old daughter, Sage, and injuries to his son, Bear, who was 12 at the time.

Prosecutors say on Christmas day in 2008, Aragon was driving with his children and got stuck in a snowbank on their way home.  Aragon allowed the children to hike through 10 miles of snow to get help.  At the time, Idaho authorities say the air temperature as between -5 and 27 degrees. 

A rescue dog found the children, both severely hypothermic.  Sheriff's deputies say Bear had taken off most of his clothing because he was so delusional from hypothermia.  Bear told authorities he and his sister had split up.  Sage had decided to walk back to the father's car.  Deputies found her several miles away, and she died shortly after the rescue.
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