Texas woman allegedly locked Covid-positive 13-year-old son in car trunk

An American allegedly put her 13-year-old Covid-positive child in the trunk of a car because she did not want to get sick from the virus, according to court documents.

A Texas mother has been charged with endangering children after allegedly locking her Covid-positive son in a car trunk to avoid exposure to the virus.

According to court documents, Sarah Beam, 41, took her 13-year-old son to a drive-thru test clinic at Pridgeon Stadium in Houston on January 3.

The high school teacher allegedly informed an employee that the teenager was in the trunk because she did not want to be infected with the disease.

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A health worker asked Beam to open her boot and she confirmed the youngster was there, court documents show. The employee notified local police after telling the parent that no testing would be done unless the teenager sat in the back seat of the car.

“The CFPD was alerted that a child was in the trunk of a car at a Covid-19 driving test site earlier this week,” the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District said in a statement.

“The police carried out a thorough investigation, leading to an arrest warrant. Fortunately, the child was not injured.

Sgt. Richard Standifer of the Texas Department of Public Safety said he had never heard of anyone who had been put in a boot because he had tested positive for Covid-19. He noted that the boy could have been seriously injured if there had been a car accident.

“In the event that the vehicle is involved in an accident, there is no way to really secure a person in a trunk,” he told KHOU-11.

“Most of your vehicles are built with crumple zones in the front and back of the vehicle, so if the person is in the back of the vehicle and is involved in an accident, they are probably at higher risk. to be injured because they are designed to absorb energy in the front and back.

According to local media reports, Beam is currently working as a teacher at Cypress Falls High School, but is now on administrative leave.

There is an arrest warrant against her.

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