On Thursday, a Texas judge ruled that he did not find probable cause in the case of a teacher that was discovered to have placed her son in the trunk of her car over fears of being exposed to COVID-19.
41-year-old Sarah Beam, a teacher in the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, had been charged with child endangerment and was arrested last week. When she went before the judge on Thursday though, he said that here wasn’t probable cause in the case, according to KHOU 11.
The judge did note though that his decision did not mean that the state can’t continue its investigation of her.
In response to the decision, prosecutors are considering taking the case to a grand jury.
"We will review all the evidence gathered by police and make a determination on how to proceed, including the possibility of presenting this case to a grand jury so that representatives of the people of Harris County can decide whether a criminal charge is appropriate," Harris County District Attorney spokesperson Dan Schiller said in a statement. "We respect the judge’s ruling and we will continue with our work."
On January 3, Beam took her 13-year-old son to a drive-thru COVID testing site at Pridgeon Stadium. It was there that it was discovered that Beam had placed her son in the trunk of her car because he had tested positive for the virus and needed to be quarantined.
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District confirmed that Beam had worked for the school district since 2011. Beam had most recently worked as a Cypress Falls High School teacher. She is now on administrative leave.
"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," the district said in a statement, according to NBC 2.