SPOKANE, Wash. -- A mother accused of leaving her two young sons on the side of a busy freeway claimed she suffered from amnesia, according to Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.
Shannon Marie Duval, who also goes by the last name Germanton, 27, was booked into the Spokane County Jail Tuesday night after her sons, 3 and 6, were found along Interstate 90. She was scheduled to make her first court appearance Wednesday in Spokane Superior Court.
Duval appeared in court on Wednesday on two counts of felony injury to a child. Each child could carry a maximum of 15 years.
A construction supervisor at the I-90 interchange project at Mile Post 1 near Post Falls, found the two boys just after 9 a.m. Tuesday sitting in the grass near the construction site. Workers immediately contacted authorities.
The boys told deputies their mother had run out of gas and had gone for help. The boys also told deputies their mother had walked them to the location while it was still dark and raining.
Investigators learned Duval was given a ride by a Jacklin Seed employee to the Exxon Station at Pleasant View Road and Riverbend Drive between 6:30 and 7:30 Tuesday morning. Duval told the employee she had been in an argument with her boyfriend and just needed to get to a phone to call for a ride.
Later that night, authorities said they received an anonymous tip Duval was at a home on the 300 block of South David. Authorities found Duval at the home around 8:30 p.m. and arrested her on a Washington traffic warrant. They said details are unclear over what happened between when the boys were left on the freeway and when Duval was arrested.
Kootenai County officials said Duval claimed to have amnesia, and said she didn't remember anything.
Prior to the incident, Duval and the boys were seen at the Post Falls Wal-Mart around 8 p.m. Monday, according to the Post Falls Police Department. A person inside the Wal-Mart called officials to report Germanton was acting strange.
Medics responded to the scene while Duval was using the bathroom. Witnesses reported the boys were with her at the time. Police said Duval was also carrying a gas can.
Medics said Duval told them a friend was coming from Spokane to help her. They said she checked out okay so they left the scene.
After being cleared by emergency medical providers, the children were placed in foster care with the Department of Health and Welfare Child Protective Services. Authorities said no one came forward to claim custody of the children. They will be assigned a court appointed social advocate and a public defender. Authorities said given that no one claimed the children, it leads them to believe CPS is the best possible place for the boys.
A judge set no bail Wednesday because Duval failed to appear in court 3 times previously on negligent driving charges.
Duval was scheduled to appear in court on November 6th.
Kootenai County Sheriff's detectives planned to interview Duval regarding the child endangerment issue. KCSO detectives obtained a warrant for Duvals’s arrest, charging her with two counts of felony Injury to a Child. Her bond on that warrant was set at $50,000.
Duval will be held by Spokane County at least until November 6th. She will then face extradition back to Idaho to face the Injury to Child charges.