Teacher in US arrested for 'locking Covid-positive son in car trunk'
A US teacher has been arrested after allegedly locking her Covid-positive son in a car trunk to protect herself from exposure to the virus as she drove to a testing site, BBC reports quoting local media.
Sarah Beam (41) is reportedly charged with endangering a child, the report said.
A witness called police after hearing someone in the vehicle's trunk on January 3 at the site in Harris County, Texas, BBC quoted click2houston.com.
The teacher reportedly opened the trunk to reveal the boy inside.
Beam said her 13-year-old son had tested positive for Covid-19 and she was taking him to the Pridgeon Stadium location for another test to confirm the result, according to local media.
She reportedly said she had placed the teen in the car trunk because she did not want to be infected.
A health worker told her there would be no coronavirus test until the boy was allowed to sit in the back seat of the car, reports ABC affiliate KTRK-TV.
Beam has been working as a teacher at Cypress Falls High School since 2011, but is now on administrative leave, according to local media.
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," BBC quoted Cy-Fair ISD Police Department as saying.