Texas school staffers accused of locking up boy until he ate his own feces

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Texas school staffers accused of locking up boy until he ate his own feces

A Texas teacher and two school assistants have been arrested after they allegedly locked a five-year-old special needs boy up for so long he started eating his own feces.

Melody LaPointe, 47, and teaching assistants Tarah Tinney, 33, and Augusta Costlow, 27, were charged earlier this week with abandoning or endangering a child over the shocking incident in April 2021.

They are accused of putting the boy into an isolation room within a Liberty Independent School District facility, ABC 13 reported.

While confined to the room, the little boy fell and injured himself — but the staff allegedly did nothing to help him.

He was locked up until he started eating his own feces and drinking his urine.

In the wake of the arrests, the school district said they informed law enforcement and child protective services immediately after being informed of the incident.

Tarah Tinney
Tarah Tinney, 33, and the two others are charged with abandoning or endangering a child over the shocking April 2021 incident.
Liberty County Sheriff’s Office
Augusta Costlow
Augusta Costlow, 27, was also locked up after the trio were accused of isolating the five-year-old special needs boy.
Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

“We removed the educators, who continued to work for us, from the classroom, and conducted a comprehensive investigation,” the statement read.

“Based upon our investigation, we reported the educators to the State Board for Educator Certification and shared our results with law enforcement officials.

“Upon completion of the investigation back in 2021, none of the individuals continued in our employment from that time forward. Liberty ISD is continuing to work with the Liberty County District Attorney’s office for the benefit of our children.”

All three women were booked into the Liberty County Jail and their bond has been set at $60,000 each.

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