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The judge finds no probable cause in the case of a Texan mother who allegedly put her Covid-positive child in the trunk

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The judge finds no probable cause in the case of a Texan mother who allegedly put her Covid-positive child in the trunk

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A judge ruled Thursday that there was no probable cause in the case of a Texas mother accused of putting her 13-year-old Covid-positive son in the trunk of her car to avoid exposure to the virus .

Sarah Beam, a 41-year-old teacher, was arrested on January 8 and charged with endangering a child. She was later released after posting a $ 1,500 bond.

In the Jan. 3 incident, she went to a drive-thru test site at Pridgeon Stadium in Houston, where she allegedly told the site’s director of health services that the child was in the trunk to avoid expose her while she was driving, according to the tax documents.

Beam reportedly told the director her child tested positive for Covid-19 and brought him to the site for further testing, documents show.

The director said the child was seen lying in the trunk and called the police. Security video from a nearby college confirmed the official’s account, prosecution documents show.

Judge Chris Morton said during Thursday’s hearing that no probable cause was found and that she was released, court records show.

Sarah Beam’s attorney, Nathaniel Pitoniak, declined to comment Thursday night in a phone call.

However, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office could still file a complaint.

“We absolutely respect the judge’s ruling and we will continue our work,” Harris County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dane Schiller told NBC News.

“We will review all the evidence collected by the police and determine how to proceed, including whether this matter can be brought before a grand jury, so that representatives of the people of Harris County can decide whether a criminal charge is appropriate.” , Schiller added.

Beam is a high school English teacher who has worked since 2011 with the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in northwest Houston, NBC affiliate KPRC Houston reported.

She has been put on administrative leave, the district said in a statement to NBC News last week.

Beam’s home was decorated with posters bearing messages of support in the wake of the controversy, KPRC reported.

One of her neighbors, Doug Becker, however, criticized the incident, telling the outlet, “I think she should be held responsible if she puts a child in a trunk. I have a problem with that.

The judge finds no probable cause in the case of a Texan mother who allegedly put her Covid-positive child in the trunk

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