POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A woman sought after her two young sons were found alone along Interstate 90 in Idaho was arrested Tuesday night in the nearby Spokane area after an anonymous tip.
The telephone tip led Spokane County sheriff’s deputies to a house where they found Shannon Marie Germanton, 27, of Washington state, Deputy Craig Chamberlin said. She was arrested on a local negligent driving warrant and booked into the Spokane County Jail.
The boys, ages 6 and 3, were placed in foster care after they were found earlier Tuesday along I-90 in Post Falls, near the Idaho-Washington border. The boys told deputies their mother ran out of gas and went for help while it was dark and raining.
Idaho authorities plan to pursue an arrest warrant for child abandonment and neglect, said Sgt. Matt Street of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Kootenai County sheriff’s detectives planned to take their case to a magistrate in Coeur d’Alene today and seek an arrest warrant that to allow Spokane County to hold Germanton pending extradition to Idaho.
As law enforcement officers searched for her Post Falls police called her cellphone and spoke to her several times, Street said. She was evasive and kept hanging up, Street said. “There was no real concern about where the children were.”
Initially officers didn’t know if they were dealing with illness, foul play or abandonment, Street said. What happened “is yet to be determined until our detectives can get an interview with her,” he said.
The boys were found by a construction supervisor sitting in the grass near a freeway construction site at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday
Investigators learned Germanton got a ride to a gas station between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. She told the driver she’d argued with her boyfriend and needed to get to a phone.
No car was found near the boys.