According to local media, a US teacher was imprisoned after allegedly locking her Covid-positive son in the boot of her car to shield herself from the virus while driving to a testing center.
Sarah Beam, 41, is accused of endangering a kid, according to reports.
On the 3rd of January, a witness at the scene in Harris County, Texas, alerted police after hearing someone in the vehicle’s trunk.
According to reports, the teacher opened the boot to discover the child within.
According to local media, Ms. Beam said her 13-year-old son had tested positive for Covid-19 and that she was taking him to the Pridgeon Stadium location for a second test to confirm the result.
She allegedly stated that she had put the adolescent in the boot of the car because she did not want to become infected.
A health worker informed her that a coronavirus test would not be performed until the youngster was allowed to ride in the rear seat of the car.
According to local media, Ms. Beam has been a teacher at Cypress Falls High School since 2011, but she is now on administrative leave.
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.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Sgt Richard Standifer informed local TV station KHOU 11 that the youngster may have been gravely injured if the vehicle had collided.
“I have never heard of somebody being put in a trunk because they tested positive for anything,” said Sgt Standifer.