Sarah Beam, 41, was charged with endangering a child after she allegedly placed her 13-year-old son, who had Covid-19, in the trunk to avoid being exposed while she went to a testing site, according to a warrant from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
According to the warrant, the mother told authorities she wanted to prevent exposure to the virus while driving her son to the site for “additional testing.”
Judge Chris Morton ruled Thursday there was no probable cause for the charge.
Harris County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dane Schiller told CNN they will continue to review the evidence and might take the case to a grand jury to see whether there is an appropriate charge.
“We absolutely respect the judge’s ruling, and we will continue with our work,” Schiller said.
Beam’s attorney, Nathaniel Pitoniak, told CNN he had no comment.
Beam is a teacher in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, which said earlier this week that she was on administrative leave.