Allegedly, a teacher from Texas and her assistants locked a five-year-old boy in a room for a long time, who was forced to eat his own feces.
Melody LaPointe, 47, Tara Tenney, 33, and Augusta Costello, 27, were arrested earlier this month and charged with child abandonment or endangerment over the horrific incident in April 2021.
The three are accused of leaving the boy alone in an isolation room for hours, and of starving him to the point that he began eating his own feces and drinking his own urine.
While being held in the room, the young boy, who has a learning disability, fell and injured himself – but the staff did nothing to help him.
The incident occurred at an unnamed school affiliated with the Liberty Independent School District, which later said it notified law enforcement and child protective services as soon as it learned what had happened.
According to a district spokesperson, the assistants, Tinney and Costlow, have been placed on administrative leave following an internal investigation last year.
They later resigned once the investigation was completed.
Lapointe, the head teacher in the class, also resigned after the outcome of the investigation, but managed to find work as an elementary school teacher in another nearby school district.
She was eventually arrested at school on November 17, in full view of her students and co-workers.
After her arrest, parents of students at Bonnie Hopper Elementary School where she was working at the time received an email saying, ‘In an effort to be fully transparent, we want to inform our families of an incident that occurred yesterday during class.
A teacher at Bonnie P. Hopper Elementary School was arrested yesterday by Liberty County Police.
The reason for the arrest occurred in Liberty County and is not affiliated with Goose Creek CISD in any way.
“The teacher is currently placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, after which the district will take appropriate disciplinary action.”
However, some parents were left upset as this individual managed to get hired in the first place during the investigation.
Amanda Henry, who has a 6-year-old daughter who attends Hooper Primary School, told ABC13, “I feel afraid to send my daughter to school.”
You’re supposed to send them there for protection, and they hired this lady who apparently didn’t do a thorough background check and abused a kid, and left that kid locked in a room, having to eat and drink his own poop. His urine.
The three women have been booked into the Liberty County Jail. Their bond was set at $60,000. A trial date has not yet been set.
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