Judge rules no probable reason to charge Texan mother who ‘put her son, 13, in car trunk’
Judge rules no probable cause to charge Texas teacher accused of stabbing her son, 13, in the trunk of her car to avoid exposure to Covid while driving to a drive-thru test site
- Sarah Beam, 41, of Harris County, was charged last week with endangering children
- She allegedly put her son, 13, in the trunk of the car to drive to the Covid testing center
- She took him for a confirmatory test on January 3 after he tested positive
- He was found by the director of health services who heard noises from the trunk
- The judge said prosecutors could continue the investigation so she may still face charges
A Texas judge ruled yesterday that there was no likely reason to charge a mother accused of putting her 13-year-old son in the trunk of her car to avoid being exposed to Covid-19 during their trip to a drive-thru test site.
Sarah Beam, a 41-year-old schoolteacher from the Cypress-Fairbanks area near Houston, is said to have put the boy in the trunk before driving to the test site at Ken Pridgeon Stadium to receive a confirmatory test when he gave a positive result in January. 3.
Cypress Fairbanks ISD Police Department (Cy-Fair ISD PD) issued a warrant for her arrest on Friday, later accusing her of endangering children.
Texas judge Chris Morton ruled yesterday that she had not put her son in “imminent danger of bodily harm,” her attorney Nathaniel Pitoniak said. I LOVE out of court.
But he said the state could continue the investigation into Beam, a school teacher in the Cy-Fair Independent School District.
Harris County Police Department said it respected Judge Morton’s ruling and would continue to review the evidence with the option to refer the case to a grand jury to find an appropriate charge against Beam.
A judge found no probable cause to charge Sarah Beam, 41, of Harris County, Texas, for endangering children after her son, 13, was found in her suitcase when she arrived at a drive-thru Covid-19 test site at Ken Pridgeon Stadium
Health Services Director Bevin Gordon heard noises in the back of the trunk when she arrived at the stadium (not pictured) and found the child in the trunk. Gordon ordered the child safe in the back seat before testing them
According to police, Beam was stopping by the giant tent set up on Falcon Road when Bevin Gordon, the director of health services at the site, heard a noise in her trunk on Jan. 3.
Beam told Gordon her son had tested positive for the virus and had to be quarantined, according to the court affidavit. She told Gordon that she had put the briefcase in him to protect herself from the virus and that she wanted him to take an additional test.
When she opened the trunk, Gordon found the boy in the vehicle and told Beam she could not undergo a Covid-19 test until the boy was safely in the back seat.
Surveillance images obtained by Cy-Fair ISD PD reportedly showed the 13-year-old exiting the trunk and climbing into the back seat.
The teen was not injured in the incident, Cy-Fair ISD spokeswoman Leslie Francis said in a statement. Beam recently worked as a teacher in the district but is currently on administrative leave, Francis said.
Following yesterday’s ruling, Dan Schiller, the spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney said: “We will review all of the evidence collected by the police and make a decision on how to proceed, including the opportunity to present this case. to a grand jury so that representatives of the people of Harris County can decide whether a criminal charge is appropriate,
“We respect the judge’s ruling and continue with our work.”
Harris County currently has 100,000 Covid-19 cases with a seven-day average of 10,000. Texas has had nearly 400 percent more cases in the past two weeks.
In the county, which includes Houston, 57 percent of residents are currently fully vaccinated.
Police did not say whether the mother or her unidentified son had been vaccinated.
Texas cases have jumped nearly 400 percent in the past two weeks