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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:51 am

The Spokane Valley woman who left her two children by Interstate 90 on Tuesday said she doesn't remember anything from that day, said a Kootenai County Sheriff's Department official on Wednesday.

Shannon Germanton, also known as Shannon Duval, 27, was still being held at the Spokane County jail on Wednesday after being arrested on Tuesday night in Spokane Valley, over an outstanding Washington traffic warrant.

When Kootenai County deputies visited the Spokane jail to interview Germanton about Tuesday's events, she didn't remember leaving her children early that morning or what happened the rest of the day.

"She has no recollection," said Lt. Stu Miller. "The last time she remembers is the night before the children were found."

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department and Post Falls Police had searched throughout the day and evening on Tuesday for Germanton, after her 3 and 6 year old boys were found sitting alone by I-90 near Post Falls on Tuesday morning.

Thanks to an anonymous tip, Spokane sheriff's deputies arrested Germanton at a Spokane Valley residence around 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening for a negligent driving warrant.

Kootenai County deputies also obtained a warrant for Germanton's arrest on Wednesday, charging her with two counts of felony injury to a child. Her bond on the warrant is $50,000.

Germanton will be held by Spokane County until her charges there are dealt with. She will then face extradition back to Idaho to face the injury to child charges.

"She could be sentenced on the negligent driving charge for 180 days, so we wouldn't see her for 181," Miller said, adding that he couldn't predict when she would be transferred to Kootenai County.

Germanton was not given a drug test after she was arrested on Tuesday, Miller said, adding that deputies had no legal authority to obtain one.

"There usually has to be legal standing, like for a DUI," he said. "There's nothing like that for abandoning your kids."

He acknowledged that Germanton does have an extensive history of drug use.

The last thing Germanton said she remembers, Miller said, was being at Wal-Mart with her children on Monday evening.

The Post Falls Police had responded to a call about Germanton and her kids at Wal-Mart at 8 p.m. on Monday, but didn't see reason to take action at the time.

According to the police report, the mother had been in the bathroom for half an hour with her children and a gas can and a mess of paper.

When questioned, she said she had run out of gas and had walked to Wal-Mart with her children, and she was expecting someone to pick them up. The paper was a torn-up origami gift.

"She was acting a little bizarre, but it was nothing out of the ordinary," said PFPD Chief Scot Haug.

Deputies are still trying to "work a timeline" of where Germanton went between Monday and Tuesday evenings, Miller said.

"They're looking at everything. Video surveillance at several different stores, contacting different folks who may have been in contact with her," he said.

A Jacklin Seed employee had reported dropping Germanton at a gas station near Pleasant View Road around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Haug said on Wednesday the PFPD is turning the investigation over to the county, as the boys weren't discovered within the Post Falls city limits.

The PFPD does still intend to press charges against Germanton for the misdemeanor of obstructing justice, Haug said, after she hung up when called by law enforcement on Tuesday night.

"We had dozens of officers out there for a long period of time," Haug said. "It cost a lot of resources."

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  • kBled posted at 12:40 pm on Sat, Nov 3, 2012.

    kBled Posts: 70

    I'm wondering what could cause full anterograde amnesia like that; I hope she wasn't huffing gas....

    This assumes she's telling the truth, but if so, it would be best if the children were no longer in her care. If you've gotten to the point where you're huffing gasoline in a WalMart bathroom stall you are no longer fit to care for your children. I feel for you, having been through the thralls of addiction myself, but your priorities have to change once you have more than just yourself to be responsible for. Which is exactly why I haven't had children yet.

  • dtsinidaho posted at 9:11 am on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    dtsinidaho Posts: 199

    Of course there could be a mental, or physiological problem. But heck, let's just make our snap judgments right now. We are commenters on the Internet.. we know everything about this situation and should make this woman roast in H*** because of our righteous indignation.

    Hey, I got a really new and provocative idea. Let's wait to hear both sides of the story. Oh wait, this is Ready-Shoot-Aim country. My bad.

  • Sunshinegirl posted at 11:34 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    Sunshinegirl Posts: 79

    Breaks my heart for those poor kids. Now they go into the system - I hope they do not get separated. They need each other. She needs to be put away for a long time.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 10:52 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 514

    Wow 986crazy, hostility! Where in my post does it say as you put it "A woman gives up a child for adoption -she should become a hooker"?? Crazy is accurate my dear. Legal adoption has NEVER been associated with the relinquishing parent paying for any of the child's upbringing. Those who bail and as I stated this woman has attempted before, should be responsible for the costs, just as a divorced parent is still responsible.
    You really need to get off of the hostility pill and READ prior to posting young lady. You are just a bent individual with a chip on the 'ole shoulder. Wanting to take your personal frustration out on anyone posting on this site. Best of luck to you in your Internet bashing and in your personal (or lack thereof) life! still laughing

  • 986crazy posted at 9:30 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    986crazy Posts: 410

    SamuelStanding: So...when a woman gives up a child for adoption, should she be on the hook for the kid financially, like as you cite, in the case of divorce?

  • SamuelStanding posted at 8:11 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 514

    This woman has been consistant with attempting to "Ditch" her children...she does not want them -Fine. Connections and bonding will be made with a new family but she should be responsible in the aid of raising the lives she brought into this world, unsolicited. Child Receipting Services force both fathers and mothers to pay in the case of divorce -why is this any different? She gave birth (and should not have, too late though) and is not a fit parent, nor has she demonstrated WANTING these two children. Fine, but you are not finacially off the hook.

  • mister d posted at 7:33 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Sure she doesn't. My only sympathy goes toward the children being stuck with a loser mom.

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