Mother arrested for leaving her kids alone on a highway

Shannon Marie Germanton  
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

Two children were found sitting on a highway after their mother abandoned them, according to police reports.

The woman who left her two young children along Interstate 90 in Idaho, was arrested Tuesday night in nearby Spokane, after police received an anonymous tip.

The phone tip led sheriff's deputies of Spokane County to a house where they found 27-year-old Shannon Marie Germanton from Washington State, Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

She was arrested on an outstanding reckless driving charge and booked into the Spokane County Jail.

The boys, aged 6 and 3, were placed in foster care after being found earlier in the day along I-90 in Post Falls, near the border of Idaho and Washington. The boys told deputies their mother ran out of gas and went to call for help while it was dark and raining.

Idaho authorities plan to file for an arrest warrant on charges of child neglect and abandonment of children, Sgt. Matt Street of the Kootenai County Sheriff said. Detectives from Kootenai County
sheriff planned to take their case to a local judge in Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday and seek a warrant to allow Spokane County to jail Germanton pending her extradition.

As law enforcement officials in northern Idaho and eastern Washington sought the woman, Post Falls police called her cell phone and spoke with her several times, Street said. She was evasive about her whereabouts and kept hanging up, Street said.

"There was no real concern about where the children were," he said.