American News Jan 7, 2022 4:42 PM EST

High school teacher charged after locking COVID-positive 13-year-old child in trunk to 'quarantine'

Sarah Beam, a high school teacher, has been charged with endangering a child after she locked her child in the trunk of her car to quarantine them.

High school teacher charged after locking COVID-positive 13-year-old child in trunk to 'quarantine'
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

A Texas mother has been charged with child endangerment after she locked her 13-year-old child in the trunk of her car after the child tested positive for COVID-19.

Sarah Beam was charged with endangering a child by the Cypress-Fairbanks Police Department. A warrant has been issued for her arrest, according to NBC 2.

Beam reportedly pulled into a drive-thru COVID testing site in Harris County, Texas, when an officer heard a noise coming from her trunk.

When Beam opened the trunk, her 13-year-old child was found inside.

The mom explained that the had child tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore had to be quarantined, officials said.

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.

Note: A previous version of this story indicated that the child was 13. It has since been clarified that the child is 13.

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