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

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A Texas teacher and two school assistants have been arrested after allegedly confining a five-year-old boy with special needs for so long that he began eating his own feces.

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

They are accused of placing the boy in an isolation room at a Liberty Independent School District facility, TSTIME 13 reported.

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While locked in the room, the little boy fell and injured himself – but staff reportedly 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 notified police and child protective services immediately after being made aware of the incident.

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

“We have removed the teachers who continued to work for us from the classroom and conducted an extensive investigation,” the statement said.

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

“Upon completion of the study in 2021, none of the individuals remained with us from then on. Liberty ISD continues to work with the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office on behalf of our children.”

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

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