HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston mother has been charged after authorities alleged she placed her 13-year-old son in the trunk of her car in an attempt to isolate him after he tested positive for COVID -19, then drove him -through the test site.
The 41-year-old man is accused of endangering a child. Authorities allege her son was found in the trunk of his car on Monday at a test site in the Cypress-Fairbanks school district in northwest Houston. The woman is a teacher at the district, who said in a statement that the child was not injured.
The charge was filed on Wednesday but was not made public until Friday.
School District Health Services Director Bevin Gordon was collecting information about vehicles that were queued for COVID-19 tests at a district stadium on Monday when she discovered the 13-year-old girl was in the trunk of a car, according to a court document.
“(The mother) said she put (her son) inside the trunk to prevent him from being exposed to possible COVID by taking him (him) to the stadium for further testing,” according to the court document.
Gordon later called the school district police department.
The woman had not yet been arrested or reported, authorities said.
Court records did not indicate a lawyer for her.
She has worked for the Cypress-Fairbanks School District since 2011. The district said she was on administrative leave.
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