North Idaho

Woman who abandoned kids along freeway to plead guilty

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The mother who abandoned her two young children along Interstate 90 in late October is expected to plead guilty to a charge related to the Oct. 30 incident.

Shannon Duval, 27, of Spokane Valley, waived a preliminary hearing in the case for a plea offer from prosecutors. Duval's attorney confirmed she will plead guilty in district court to one of the original charges she's facing.

Duval was charged with two counts of felony injury to a child after she was arrested in Spokane County and extradited back to Kootenai County in the wake of the Oct. 30 incident.

That morning, a construction worker found two young children, ages 3 and 6, in a grassy area along I-90 near the interchange construction project near Mile Post 1. The children couldn't tell authorities what their last name was, but officers found Duval's purse nearby and began searching for her.

She was found that evening at a residence in Spokane Valley and booked into the Spokane County Jail on an outstanding warrant for negligent driving. She was later extradited to Kootenai County to face felony injury to a child charges.

The children were placed in foster care by Child Protective Services.