A mother in Houston, Texas, forced her 13-year-old COVID-positive son into the trunk of her car to take him to a coronavirus drive-thru testing site Monday.
Police filed charges against Sarah Beam for child endangerment on Wednesday. Court documents were not made public until Friday.
Beam said she had put her son in the trunk after he had tested positive for COVID-19 because she wanted to limit her own exposure.
Cypress-Fairbanks Director of Health Services Bevin Gordon was going to each car to get individuals' information when she learned that the child was in the trunk of the vehicle.
“(The mother) stated that she put (her son) inside the trunk to prevent her from getting exposed to possible COVID while driving (him) to the stadium for additional testing,” according to a court document.
Beam is a teacher in the Cypress-Fairbanks school district which was the location of the testing site she had taken her son to. The school district has since placed her on administrative leave.
“CFPD was alerted that a child was in the trunk of a car at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site earlier this week. Law enforcement conducted a full investigation, resulting in a warrant for arrest. Thankfully, the child was not harmed,” the Cypress-Fairbanks school district said in a statement, reported KPRC.
At this time Beam had not been arrested by police or turned herself in since the charges were filed.