Because she “doesn’t want to catch Covid,” the mother “stuffs infected son in car boot.”
Sarah Beam, a Texas teacher, told workers at a testing center that she had brought her teenage son in the trunk to make sure she didn’t get the virus.
A mother has been charged with child endangerment after placing her teenage son in the trunk of her car for the drive to a coronavirus testing center.
According to police reports, Sarah Beam, 41, put the 13-year-old in the trunk because she didn’t want to catch Covid herself before driving him to a drive-through coronavirus testing center in Houston, Texas.
Witnesses at Ken Pridgeon Stadium in north-eastern Houston heard strange noises coming from the back of Beam’s vehicle as she pulled up to the tented testing area, according to local news station KPRC.
Bevin Gordon, the site’s health services director, asked Beam to open the car’s boot, where he discovered the teenager lying down.
Beam told local media that her son had tested positive for Covid-19 at home and that she was taking him to the location for a test to confirm the diagnosis.
She claimed she had hidden the boy in the trunk of the car so she wouldn’t be exposed as well.
Beam was then informed that she would not be given a Covid test until the child was removed from the trunk and placed in the vehicle’s back seat.
Beam then complied with the request, according to CCTV, but administrators at the testing center had already called the cops.
“Earlier this week, CFPD was alerted that a child was in the trunk of a car at a drive-thru Covid-19 testing site,” according to a statement from the Cy-Fair ISD Police Department.
“Law enforcement carried out a thorough investigation, which resulted in an arrest warrant.”
The child was unharmed, thankfully.”
Sgt Richard Standifer of the Texas Department of Public Safety told local TV station KHOU 11 that the boy could have been seriously injured if the car had been involved in a collision.
“I’ve never heard of anyone being put in a trunk because they tested positive for anything,” he continued.
According to Cy-Fair ISD, Beam has been a teacher at Cypress Falls High School since 2011. She is currently on administrative leave.