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Mom Out Of Jail After Abandoning Kids Along Busy Interstate In October.

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - Shannon Germanton (using the name Duval in court) was released from the Kootenai County Jail after serving 88 days. Thursday in court she accepted a plea agreement in which she pled guilty to one count of Felony Injury To Child. In the agreement Duval must also go through one year of in patient substance abuse treatment. Prosecutors agreed to throw out a second charge of Felony Injury To Child.
 
On the conditions of her release Duval must not commit any criminal offenses and must remain substance free. In court Thursday, after Duvall accepted the guilty plea the judge asked her what she had done. Duval replied "I left my kids near the Wal-Mart" It's unknown if her children, ages 3 and 6 are still in protective custody or with family.
 
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KHQ.COM - Investigators say 27-year-old Shannon Germanton left her two young sons alone on the side of Interstate 90 between 6:30 and 7:30 Tuesday morning at the Washington-Idaho state line.

Her sons, ages 3 and 6, were found on the side of the busy road sitting in the grass by a construction worker around 9am Tuesday morning. According to Post Falls police, Germanton was seen with her children at a Wal-Mart in Post Falls Monday evening around 8pm.

Employee's called police because they believed Germanton was acting "strange." When police arrived at Wal-Mart police say they found Germanton in a bathroom with a gas can and her two children.

Germanton allegedly told police she had run out of gas and was filling up the gas can to bring to her car. Police say Germanton refused any help from police and said she had a friend coming from Spokane to assist her and her children. Police later left the Wal-Mart after they determined she was ok.      

According to Kootenai County deputies the boys told them their mother had run out of gas Tuesday morning and had gone for help. The boys told investigators that their mother had walked them to that location while it was still dark and raining. Germanton's sons were checked out by paramedics, they determined the boys were ok then released them in to the custody of child services.      

Tuesday night police received an anonymous tip that Shannon Germanton (Duval) was at a home in Spokane. When police arrived at the home Germanton was arrested for an outstanding traffic warrant.

Germanton is also facing multiple charges including felony injury to a child and child endangerment charges, She will be held in Spokane and likely extradited to Kootenai County to face felony injury to child charges.

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the two young children that were found along I-90 on Tuesday. After extensive search efforts yesterday and into the night, the mother of the children, Shannon M. Germanton, aka: Shannon Duval, 27 of Spokane Valley, WA was located at a residence in the Spokane Valley last night around 8 PM.  She had apparently received a ride to the residence and then an anonymous person called in her whereabouts to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.  Spokane deputies responded to the residence, located Germanton and subsequently arrested her on an outstanding Washington traffic warrant. Currently, KCSO detectives are in route to the Spokane County Public Safety building to interview Germanton regarding the child endangerment issue. KCSO detectives were also able to obtain a warrant for Germanton's arrest, 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 their charges are dealt with.  She will then face extradition back to Idaho to face the Injury to Child charges.  UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM TH SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE DEPT: On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, a construction supervisor at the I-90 interchange project at Mile Post 1 near the state line found two boys, ages 3 and 6 sitting in a grassy area near the construction site at about 9:00 a.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the scene and the boys told them their mother had run out of gas and went for help. The boys were eventually placed into protective custody. On Tuesday evening, October 30, 2012, at about 8:30 p.m., an anonymous caller contacted Spokane County dispatch and provided information that the boy's mother, 27-year-old Shannon Duval, was at a residence near the 300 block of South David in Spokane Valley.  Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies located Duval at the residence where she was arrested for a local Negligent Driving warrant. A fugitive hold has since been placed on Duval by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.   PREVIOUS STORY: SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that 27-year-old Shannon Marie Germanton, AKA, Shannon Marie Duval has been arrested. Germanton is the mother of two boys, ages 3 and 6, who were found alone on I-90 early Tuesday morning.  Sheriff's Deputies say they received a call that Shannon was at a house in Spokane Valley Tuesday night. Deputies responded to the scene and arrested her on a Negligent Driving warrant from Washington State. We have a crew gathering more information right now and will update this story as soon as anything new becomes available.  Post Falls Police Department Press Release: The Post Falls Police Department in conjunction with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident where two young children were found alongside interstate I90 this morning.   A construction supervisor at the I-90 interchange project at Mile Post 1, found two boys, age 3 and 6, sitting in the grass near the construction area around 9:10 a.m.  The boys told deputies that their mother had run out of gas and gone for help. The boys also told deputies that their mother  had walked them to the location while it was still dark and raining.The Post Falls Police is looking for the mother, Shannon Marie Germanton, AKA, ShannonMarie Duval, 27, of Spokane Valley, WA. Shannon is 5 foot 3 inches, 130 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair. Germanton and the boys were last seen at the Post Falls Wal-Mart around 8 p.m. Monday where a citizen inside the Wal-Mart called officials to report Germanton was acting strange. Medics arrived on scene and Germanton was using the bathroom. The boys were with her. Police said Germanton was carrying a gas can. Medics said Germanton checked out and she said a friend was coming from Spokane to help her. The medics then left the scene. Investigators learned that  she was given a ride by a Jacklin Seed employee to the Exxon Station at Pleasant View Road and Riverbend Drive between 6:30 and 7:30 this morning. She told the  employee that she had been in an argument with her boyfriend and just needed to get to a phone call for a ride. After being cleared by emergency medical providers, the children have been placed in foster care with the Department of Health and Welfare Child Protective Services.If anyone knows the location of Shannon Germanton, AKA Duval, or has seen her since early this morning, they are asked to call the Post Falls Police Department at (208)773-3517. Previous Coverage: PRESS RELEASE FROM THE KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident where two young children were found alongside Interstate 90 earlier Tuesday. A construction supervisor at the I-90 interchange project at Mile Post 1, found the 3 and 6 year old boys sitting in the grass near the construction area about 9:10 a.m. The boys told deputies that their mother had run out of gas and gone for help. The boys also told deputies that their mother had walked them to the location while it was still dark and raining. The mother, Shannon Marie Germanton, AKA, Shannon Marie Duval, 27, of Spokane Valley, WA, has not been located at this time. Investigators have learned that she was given a ride by a Jacklin Seed employee to the Exxon Station at Pleasant View Rd. and Riverbend Dr. between 6:30 and 7:30 Tuesday morning. She told the employee that she had been in an argument with her boyfriend and just needed to get to a phone to call for a ride. After being cleared by emergency medical providers, the children have been placed in foster care with the Department of Health and Welfare Child Protective Services. If anyone knows the location of Shannon Germanton, AKA Duval, or has seen her since early this morning, they are asked to call the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office at (208) 446-1300.

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