AP: Woman Charged With Abandoning Children On Idaho Highway

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Shannon Germanton, 27, is charged with negligent driving.
  • Spokane County Jail
  • Shannon Germanton, 27, is charged with negligent driving.


A Washington state woman was sent to the Spokane County lockup Tuesday night, but she told law enforcement she had only left her car on Idaho's Interstate 90 to go get some gas. Sheriff's deputies said that may be true but she abandoned her two young sons along the Interstate.

The Associated Press reports that the boys, aged 6 and 3, were placed in foster care after being found in Post Falls, near the Idaho-Washington border.

The suspect, 27-year-old Shannon Germanton, is charged with negligent driving. Idaho authorities are looking to add additional charges of child abandonment and child neglect.

After rescuing the children, law enforcement tried to contact Germanton on her cellphone, but police said she was "evasive about her whereabouts and kept hanging up."

She was found later inside a Spokane area home.

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