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Judge finds no probable cause in case of Texas mother who allegedly put son in trunk to avoid exposure to Covid-19

Texas mother allegedly put son in car trunk to avoid exposure to Covid-19

Sarah Beam, 41, was charged with endangering a child after she allegedly placed her 13-year-old son, who had Covid-19, in the trunk to avoid exposure while going to a testing site, according to an order from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

According to the warrant, the mother told authorities she wanted to avoid exposure to the virus while bringing her son to the site for “additional testing.”

Judge Chris Morton ruled Thursday that there was no probable cause for the charges.

Dane Schiller, the spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, told CNN they will continue to review the evidence and could take the case to a grand jury to see if there is an appropriate charge.

“We absolutely respect the judge’s ruling and we will continue with our work,” Schiller said.

Beam’s attorney Nathaniel Pitoniak told CNN he had no comment.

But Thursday morning out of court, he told… CNN affiliate KHOU“We dispute the facts in the affidavit made in this case. But even if they had been true, the judge’s finding has acknowledged that my client did not put her child in immediate danger of bodily harm.”
Beam was charged after authorities arrived in an area in Houston Covid testing site on January 3 after a report that a health official had found the child in the trunk of her car. She was released from prison on Sunday after paying bail.
Authorities were called to the Covid-19 testing center on January 3.

Beam is a teacher in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, which earlier this week said she was on administrative leave.

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