A Texas teacher and two assistants allegedly isolated a 5-year-old boy with special needs for so long that he started eating his own feces after being deprived of food.
Melody LaPointe, 47, and teaching assistants Tarah Tinney, 33, and Augusta Costlow, 27, were charged earlier this week with abandoning or endangering a child during the incident in April 2021.
The trio are accused of placing the boy in an isolation room at a Liberty Independent School District facility, ABC 13 reported.
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They allegedly deprived him of food, forcing him to ingest his own feces and urine, authorities said.
Tinney and Costlow quit, and LaPointe, the class’s homeroom teacher, works for another school district, which also furloughed her, according to the report.
Upon learning of the incident, Liberty ISD contacted authorities.
“We immediately reported the matter to law enforcement and CPS (Child Protective Services), removed educators who continued to work for us from the classroom, and conducted a thorough investigation,” said a district spokesperson.
“Based on our investigation, we reported the educators to the State Board for Educator Certification and shared our findings with law enforcement officials,” the spokesperson added.
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