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Post Falls Baby Sitter Pleads Guilty

The baby sitter accused of killing a three-year-old North Idaho boy in early October has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for Cohen Johnson’s death. Amanda Skogen, 26, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in court Tuesday for the death of Johnson, who died after Skogen pushed him, causing the boy to fall back and hit his head. She said she heard a loud crack when his head hit the ground.Skogen told detectives the reason she shook the boy was because he had wet his pants/Rob Kauder, KXLY online content manager. More here.

Question: You be the judge. What sentence would you hand down to Skogen?

$1 Million Bond For Baby-sitter

A Post Falls baby sitter accused of murdering a 3-year-old boy will stay in jail on $1 million bail, a judge ruled today. Amanda L. Skogen, 25, replied “uh, yes,” when asked if she understood the charge against her: first-degree murder, punishable by up to life in prison or the death penalty. Prosecutor Barry McHugh said Skogen is a flight risk and emphasized that while she cooperated with investigators, she didn’t confess until failing a polygraph exam. McHugh said Skogen was on her knees when she shoved Cohen Johnson “in a very violent manner, causing him to fall back and hit his head”/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.

Question: Is a $1 million bond appropriate in this case?

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?

Baby Dies, Sitter Faces Murder Count

From KHQ: 3-year-old Cohen Johnson has died at Sacred Heart Medical Center from head injuries he sustained after being shoved to the ground. The babysitter, 25 year-old Amanda Skogen, who allegedly shoved Cohen after he urinated on himself and on a piece of furniture, has been booked in the Kootenai County Jail and charged with 1st Degree Murder. Police press conference occurring now. Earlier story here. KREM2 provides its own story and a photo of 3-year-old Cohen Johnson here. Developing.

Question: Does this sad case make you think twice about baby-sitters?

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