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Texas mother charged after 14-year-old child found in trunk of her car at drive-thru testing site


Texas mother is charged after 14-year-old child is found in the trunk of her car at drive-thru COVID testing site: Claims the teen tested positive and needed to be quarantined

  • Sarah Beam, 42, of Harris County, has been charged with child endangerment after the site director found her son in her trunk 
  • Bevin Gordon, the health services director at the site, had Beam open her trunk and found her 14-year-son laying in the trunk
  • Beam said her son had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in the trunk to avoid exposing her
  • Gordon would not allow Beam to receive testing for her or her son until he was safely seated in the backseat 
  • Police have now issued a warrant for her arrest  


A Texas mother faces child endangerment charges after forcing her 14-year-old son to ride in the trunk of her car to get a COVID test at a drive-thru site. 

Sarah Beam, 42, from the Cyprus-Fairbanks area near Houston, allegedly packed the teen in the trunk as she drove to the testing site at Ken Pridgeon Stadium after he tested positive for the virus on January 3 to get another test.

Cypress Fairbanks ISD Police Department (Cy-Fair ISD PD) issued a warrant for her arrest Friday, according to KETK.

Police said Beam pulled to the giant tent set up on Falcon Road when Bevin Gordon, the health services director at the site, heard a noise inside her trunk. 

Beam, who has worked in the Cy-Fair district as a teacher since 2011, told Gordon that her son had tested positive for the virus and had to be quarantined, according to the court affidavit.

She told Gordon she placed in him the trunk in order to protect herself from the virus and wanted to get him an additional test, police said. 

Police did not say whether the mom or her unidentified son were vaccinated. 

Sarah Beam, 42, of Harris County, Texas, has been charged with child endangerment and has a warrant for her arrest after her son, 14, was found in her trunk when she arrived at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Ken Pridgeon stadium

Health Services Director Bevin Gordon heard noises in the back of the trunk when she arrived at the stadium (pictured) and found the child laying in the trunk. Gordon ordered the child to be placed safely in the backseat before he would test them

Health Services Director Bevin Gordon heard noises in the back of the trunk when she arrived at the stadium (pictured) and found the child laying in the trunk. Gordon ordered the child to be placed safely in the backseat before he would test them 

When she popped the trunk, Gordon found the boy laying down inside the vehicle and told Beam she could not receive a COVID-19 test until the boy was seated safely in the backseat. 

Surveillance footage obtained by Cy-Fair ISD PD reportedly showed the 14-year-old exiting the trunk and climbing into the back seat. 

DailyMail.com has contacted Cy-Fair ISD PD for the footage.

The teen was not harmed during the incident, Cy-Fair ISD spokeswoman Leslie Francis said in a statement.  

Beam recently worked as a teacher in the district but is currently on administrative leave, Francis said.

Harris County currently has 100,000 COVID-19 cases with a seven-day average of 10,000. Texas has had almost a 400 percent increase in cases in the last two weeks. 

The county, which encompasses Houston, currently has 57 percent of its citizens fully vaccinated. 

Texas cases have risen almost 400 per cent in the last two weeks

Texas cases have risen almost 400 per cent in the last two weeks 

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