According to reports, the 41-year-old mother reportedly forced her young son in the trunk of her car after the 13-year-old boy had tested positive for COVID-19. The mom reportedly said that she put her son inside the trunk to prevent her from getting exposed to possible Coronavirus while driving the boy to the stadium for additional testing. The health services director at the site told the mother that she and her son would not be tested until the teen was removed from the trunk and seated in the vehicle.
The 41-year-old mother and teacher from Texas, Sarah Beam, 41, drove her son to a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on Jan. 3, where she had sought to attain further testing according to reports. She is now facing criminal charges after, officials say.
Witnesses reportedly heard noises coming from the back of her vehicle when she pulled up at the testing center.
The health services director at the site, Bevin Gordon, reportedly asked the mother to open the trunk, revealing the teenager lying down inside.
Beam, who has worked as a teacher in the CF Independent School District since 2011, explained she was trying to keep her son isolated.
According to reports, the 41-year-old mother reportedly said that she put her 13-year-old son inside the trunk to prevent her from getting exposed to possible COVID-19 while driving the boy to the stadium for additional testing.
But, the health services director at the site told the mother that she and her son would not be tested until the teen was removed from the trunk and safely seated in the backseat. Gordon then called the authorities.
According to reports, the CF Independent School District runs the testing site and has its own police department. Officers investigated the incident and said that the 13-year-old boy was not injured.
Footage from the testing site reportedly showed the mother opening the trunk door and her son climbing out.
It remains unclear whether the mom or her unidentified son were vaccinated.
The 41-year-old mom and teacher is now facing child endangerment charges and has been placed on administrative leave, officials said.
This incident remains under investigation. This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available.