Mom Accused of Putting Teen in Trunk Gets Good News

Son, said to have COVID, reportedly found in car's trunk after Sarah Beam got to COVID testing site
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2022 10:00 AM CST
Updated Jan 14, 2022 2:02 PM CST
Mom Locked Son In Trunk Over COVID Fears, Cops Say
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(Newser) Update: A high school teacher in Texas got some good news after being accused of putting her teen son in her car's trunk so she wouldn't be exposed to the coronavirus. Per CNN, Harris County Judge Chris Morton ruled on Thursday there was no probable cause to charge 41-year-old Sarah Beam with child endangerment, an accusation lobbed at her after she arrived at a COVID testing site and a worker there discovered the boy. Beam says he had tested positive for COVID. The Harris County District Attorney's Office is still exploring possible charges. Our original story from Jan. 9 follows:

A Texas high school teacher is being charged with a felony after officials say she locked her teenage son in the trunk of her car while she went through a drive-thru COVID testing site. Per KRIV, the Harris County District Attorney's Office says Sarah Beam faces a child endangerment charge for allegedly keeping the 13-year-old locked away because he'd tested positive for COVID and she feared he could give it to her. A staff member at the testing site heard something in the trunk as Beam drove through the Houston testing site on Jan. 3, per Click2Houston.

When Beam popped the trunk, the witness told authorities the boy was inside facedown. The site employee reportedly then told Beam she couldn't have a test administered until the boy was placed in the back seat. The employee then called police. Per court documents, Beam told police she put the boy in the trunk to protect herself from being exposed to COVID. A warrant was subsequently issued and Beam was arrested and booked Saturday before posting a $1,500 bond. Beam's school district responded in a statement, saying they were aware of the incident and that "thankfully, the child was not harmed." Beam is reportedly on administrative leave. (Read more COVID-19 stories.)

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