Post Falls babysitter faces a judge in court

Print
Email
|

by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 12 at 5:07 PM

 POST FALLS, ID. -- A North Idaho child abuse case landed a former babysitter in court Tuesday.

25-year-old Amanda Skogen is accused of murdering 3-year-old Cohen Johnson. The police report is 30 pages long and includes more information about how Amanda Skogen allegedly abused little Cohen Johnson that led to his death. 

Showing no emotion, Skogen appeared before a judge in Kootenai County.

She had baby sat Johnson at her home. She’s accused of killing him last week, after getting angry with him.

When Cohen ended up in the hospital with a fatal head injury, police pressed Skogen about what happened. The Kootenai County prosecutor says initially Skogen wasn’t truthful about the incident. Skogen told investigators she she was removing Cohen's urine soaked clothes when he went "limp" and unresponsive on Monday. A polygraph test showed she was hiding something. She later admitted she shoved Cohen, causing him to hit his head, because she was frustrated.

The police report says Skogen admits she got angry with the child when he urinated on her and the couch so she pushed him so hard he his hit head on the floor. Skogen reportedly slapped Cohen in the face to try and wake him when he was unresponsive and had gone limp.

The document shows Skogen even shook the child to try and revive him and she knew she “had just done something terrible.” For that she could face the death penalty. Cohen’s family was in court but didn’t want to give any statements.

The 3-year-old boy, Cohen Johnson, died at 1 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Medical Center, after days of being on life-support machines.

Print
Email
|