Texas mom accused of putting son in car trunk to avoid catching Covid is praised as ‘best teacher ever’

Sarah Beam faces charges of child endangerment after witnesses described hearing a voice coming from inside the teacher’s car trunk

Tom Fenton
Tuesday 11 January 2022 21:33 GMT
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Members of a Texas community rushed in to support a local teacher following her arrest for allegedly locking her son in the trunk of her car after he tested positive for Covid-19.

According to local police, 41-year-old Sarah Beam is facing a charge of endangering a child, Law and Crime reported.

A witness first flagged the incident to the authorities after claiming to have heard someone in the trunk of Ms Beam’s car as she pulled into a Houston Covid-19 testing site on 3 January. After being prompted by a police officer, the teacher then proceeded to open the trunk – and reveal her son who was lying inside.

In response, Ms Beam stated that her son had tested positive for the virus, and that she was taking him to the center to confirm the previous result, Click2Houston reported.

A health worker present then told her that they would not administer a Covid-19 test until the boy was allowed to sit in the back seat of the car, according to ABC affiliate KTRK-TV.

Ms Beam is now on administrative leave until her case is heard in court, having previously worked as a teacher at Cypress Falls High School for over a decade.

In an odd twist, the community has rallied around her by placing heartfelt signs with messages including “Best teacher ever” and “Teacher with a heart of gold” outside her home.

Sarah Beam
Sarah Beam (Via KPRC)

Cy-Fair ISD Police Department said: “CFPD was alerted that a child was in the trunk of a car at a drive-thru Covid-19 testing site earlier this week.

“Law enforcement conducted a full investigation, resulting in a warrant for arrest. Thankfully, the child was not harmed.”

Sgt Richard Standifer, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told local TV station KHOU 11 that the irresponsible actions of the boy’s mother could have led to him being seriously hurt in the event of a car collision.

“I have never heard of somebody being put in a trunk because they tested positive for anything,” said Mr Standif claimed.

Ms Beam now faces a child endangerment charge, although reports suggest that she hasn't yet hired an attorney to assist with her defence.

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