Judge finds no probable cause in case of Texas mother who allegedly put son in trunk to avoid Covid-19 exposure

Sarah Pym, 41, has been charged with child endangerment after she allegedly put her 13-year-old son, who had Covid-19, in the trunk of a car to avoid exposure while she was going to the testing site, according to a memo from the Harris County District Attorney’s office. .

According to the memo, the mother told authorities she wanted to prevent exposure to the virus while her son was being taken to the site for “additional checks.”

Judge Chris Morton ruled Thursday that there was no probable cause for the charge.

A spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s office, Dan Schiller, told CNN they will continue to review the evidence and may take the case to a grand jury to see if a charge is appropriate.

“We fully respect the judge’s ruling and will continue our work,” Schiller said.

Beam’s attorney, Nathaniel Petuniak, told CNN he had no comment.

But in court Thursday morning, he told CNN affiliate KHOU, “We dispute the facts in the affidavit made in this case. But even if it were true, the judge acknowledged what he found that my client did not put her child in imminent danger of physical harm.” .
Beam was charged after authorities arrived at a Covid testing site in Houston Jan. 3 following a report that a health services official had found the child in the trunk of her car. She was released from prison Sunday after being released on bail.
Authorities were called to the Covid-19 testing center on January 3.

Pim is a teacher in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, who said earlier this week that she was on administrative leave.

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