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2 boys found along I-90; mother arrested

Tue., Oct. 30, 2012, 9:11 p.m.

Spokane Valley police arrested a woman tonight who they say left her two young boys alone along Interstate 90 in Post Falls this morning.

The boys, ages 6 and 3, were found sitting in the grass near the Beck Road interchange construction site about 9:10 a.m. A construction supervisor found them.

Shannon Marie Germanton, also known as Shannon Marie Duval, was arrested on a local misdemeanor warrant for negligent driving about 8:30 p.m. at 312 S. David Street in Spokane Valley and booked in the Spokane County Jail.

The boys told Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies that their mother had run out of gas and gone for help. They also said their mother had walked them to the location while it was still dark and raining.

Investigators learned that 27-year-old Germanton was given a ride by a Jacklin Seed employee to an Exxon gas station at Pleasant View Road and Riverbend Drive between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. She told the employee she had been in an argument with her boyfriend and needed to get to a phone to call for a ride.

After being cleared by emergency medical providers, the children were placed in foster care with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Child Protective Services.

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