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Sat., Oct. 9, 2010, 6:10 a.m.

Post Falls Babysitter Faces Murder Charge

A Post Falls woman faces murder charges after a boy she was baby-sitting died of a head injury today, police say. Amanda Skogen, 25, was booked into Kootenai County Jail today on a charge of first-degree murder. Under Idaho state law, she could face life in prison or possibly the death penalty if convicted. The boy, 3-year-old Cohen Johnson, was taken off life support and died at 1:21 p.m. at Sacred Heart Medical Center today as a result of the injuries he sustained Monday while in Skogen’s care, police said. On Monday, officers responded to the 500 block of North Elm Road in Post Falls for a report of a child who was breathing but unresponsive/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here.

Question: Is first-degree murder an appropriate charge for this crime?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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