A Texas judge found no probable cause for the Houston woman to be charged with endangering her COVID-19-positive son after he was carried in the trunk of a vehicle.
Sarah Beam, an English teacher at Cypress Falls High School, allegedly put her son in the luggage to avoid contracting the disease as the two were on their way to a test facility, Houston’s Acesparks 26 reported.
After the boy initially tested positive, Beam, 42, put him in luggage and took him to the city’s second COVID test facility.
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At the test site, a witness reported to law enforcement after seeing the child in good health in the luggage. Beam also admitted that he put his son in the trunk to “prevent him from getting a possible COVID,” Acesparks 26 reported.
Police eventually arrested Beam and accused him of endangering the child, even though he had been released from prison.
He appeared in court on Thursday, where the judge said he had not found a probable reason for his arrest. It is unknown at this time whether the charges against Beam will be dropped or other legal action will be taken.
Beam Cypress-Fairbanks has been put on administrative leave by an independent school district as they await the outcome of the indictment. This was reported by Acesparks 26.
“We will look at all the evidence gathered by the police and how to proceed, including the opportunity to present the case to a grand jury so that representatives of Harris County residents can decide whether it is appropriate to file a criminal charge. We will make a decision on Harris County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Dane Schiller said in a statement. “We absolutely respect the judge’s decision and will continue our work.”