Crime Judge finds no probable cause in case of Texas teacher accused of putting COVID-positive son in trunk
Judge finds no probable cause in case of Texas mother who allegedly put son in trunk to avoid Covid-19 exposure
A Texas judge ruled Thursday there was no probable cause against a mother who allegedly put her son in the trunk of the car to avoid being exposed to Covid-19 -- but the case might not be over yet. © KTRK Sarah Beam told a health official she was taking her son for "additional testing," according to a warrant from the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Sarah Beam, 41, was charged with endangering a child after she allegedly placed her 13-year-old son, who had Covid-19, in the trunk to avoid being exposed while she went to a testing site, according to a warrant from the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
A Texas judge has concluded there is no probable cause in the case against a mother accused of putting her sick son in the trunk of her car so she could avoid being exposed to COVID-19.
Sarah Beam, a teacher who works in the Cypress-Fairbanks school district, was stuck waiting in line at a drive-thru testing site on Jan. 3 at the high school football stadium. When she reached the front, she told the director of health services that her son, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, was in the trunk of her vehicle and that she brought him to the site for additional testing.
According toobtained by CNN, the director spotted the teen lying down in the back of the car and immediately called police. Security video from a nearby middle school also confirmed the official’s account.
Texas teacher put son with Covid-19 in car trunk to prevent exposure, warrant says
A Texas teacher was accused of putting her Covid 19-positive son in the trunk of her car to prevent being exposed to the virus, court documents show. © Provided by NBC News The woman faces a charge of child endangerment after she arrived at a Covid-19 testing site with the 13-year-old boy in the back of the vehicle, according to an arrest warrant filed Wednesday in Harris County District Court. The woman is a high school English teacher who has been with the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, northwest of Houston, since 2011, NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston reported.
Sarah Beam, a teacher who works in the Cypress-Fairbanks school district, was among a dozens of people waiting in line at drive-thru testing site at a high school football stadium on Jan. 3. When she reached the front, she told the director of health services that her son, who test positive for COVID-19, was in the trunk of her vehicle and that she brought him to the site for additional testing.
Just days later, the 41-year-old mother was arrested and charged with with endangering a child. She was later released after posting $1,500 bond.
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Judge Chris Morton on Thursday concluded Beam did not place her child in imminent danger when she placed him in the truck, ultimately ruling that there was no probable cause against her.
Harris County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dane Schiller told the news station they “absolutely respect” the judge’s ruling, but that they will continue reviewing evidence to determine whether they will bring the case before a grand jury.
Beam’s attorney, Nathaniel Pitoniak,outside the courtroom on Thursday, according to KHOU.
“We dispute the facts in the affidavit that was filed in this case,” he said. “But even if they had been true, the judge has acknowledged with his finding that my client did not place her child in imminent danger of bodily harm.”
Earlier this week, the Cypress-Fairbanks school district confirmed Beams had been placed on administrative leave in wake of the incident.
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