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Doubts arose on the allegation of mother putting son in trunk

The Associated Press

Published Friday, January 14, 2022 1:45 PM EST

Last updated Friday, January 14, 2022 at 1:45 pm EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has found no probable cause to support the charge of a Houston mother who has been accused of keeping her 13-year-old son in the trunk of her car in an attempt to isolate him. to test positive. COVID-19.

Prosecutors had charged the 41-year-old mother with endangering a child, a felony. Authorities allege that her son was found in the trunk of his car on January 3 at a drive-thru testing site for the Cyprus-Fairbanks school district at a stadium in northwest Houston.

But during a court hearing on Thursday, state District Judge Chris Morton ruled that prosecutors did not produce enough evidence to support the charge.

The judge’s decision did not mean the end of the case, however, as prosecutors must decide whether to dismiss the charge or continue the investigation.

“We will review all evidence collected by police and determine how to proceed, including the possibility of presenting this case to a grand jury,” Harris County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Dan Schiller said in a statement.

According to a court document, “(the mother) said that she kept (her son) inside the trunk to prevent possible COVID exposure while driving to the stadium for additional testing.”

After the court hearing, the woman’s lawyer, Nathaniel Pitonik, told reporters that he disputed the allegations made in the court document.

“But even if they were true, the judge accepted with his conclusion that my client did not put her child in imminent danger of bodily injury,” he said.

The woman, a teacher from the Cyprus-Fairbanks School District, said in a statement that the child was not harmed. The district has said that he is on administrative leave.


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