Texas mother allegedly put son in trunk of car to avoid being exposed to COVID-19

ONE Texas mother has been accused of endangering a child after she allegedly placed her 13-year-old son, who had COVID-19, into the trunk of her car to avoid being exposed to the virus, according to a ruling by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Sarah Beam, 41, was charged after authorities arrived at a COVID-19 test site in the Houston area on Jan. 3 after a report that a health care official had found the child in the trunk of Beam’s car. According to the ruling, the director of health care said she was collecting information from cars queuing for the COVID-19 test when “she found a female driver, later identified as Sarah Beam, with her child in the trunk of her car.”

The health director told police, “defendant confirmed that her son, KH, who is a 13-year-old child, was sitting in the trunk of the car because (that) the child had been tested positive for COVID.”

Sarah Beam told a health official she took her son for “further testing,” according to a ruling by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. (CNN)

According to the ruling, the mother told the health director that she wanted to prevent exposure to the virus while driving her son to the test site for “further testing”.

When the health authority asked Beam to see the baby, the mother opened the trunk, where “the baby was lying down in the trunk.” The mother was then told that the child would not get a test until it was taken out of the trunk and placed on the back seat of the car. The health authority called the police and returned to the car where the child was found in the back seat.

During the investigation, police were able to search surveillance cameras at an adjacent middle school and confirm that the child “left the trunk of the car and got into the back seat of the vehicle on the passenger side,” the ruling said.

Authorities were called to the COVID-19 test center on January 3rd. (CNN)

The mother was released from prison Sunday on $ 2090 bail, according to a document from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office website.

Ms Beam is a teacher in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD), the school district said in a statement to CNN.

“The CFPD was warned that a child was in the trunk of a car at a test site driving through COVID-19 last week. Law enforcement officers conducted a full investigation, which resulted in an arrest warrant. Fortunately, the child was not harmed. Beam has most recently worked as a teacher at CFISD and is currently on administrative leave, “the statement said.

CNN has contacted Ms Beam but has not yet received a response. CNN has not been able to confirm if she has a lawyer.

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