A Nashville elementary school tutor was arrested and faces charges of reckless endangerment after police reportedly found three children in the trunk of her car Jan. 17.
Andria Desha James worked as a part time tutor at Alex Green Elementary School.
When somebody at a Speedway gas station spotted James’ vehicle, they called the police. When officers arrived, they found a total of nine children in her car. Three children were in her trunk while another six children were in the cab area of her car. John Feshmire of the La Verge Police Department said that all of the children were ages 9 and 10, according to WBIR.
James told police that she worked as a teacher at Alex Green Elementary, but a spokesman for Metro Nashville Public Schools, Joe Bass, clarified that James had been a part-time tutor since September 2015. Bass said that James will be placed on administrative leave on Jan. 19 when district offices reopen.
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James told WKRN that there were never nine children in her car. She said that the claim is a “complete and utter lie.”
WKRN reporter Larry Flowers asked James about her claim.
“So you’re saying that they did not ride in the trunk, they got in the trunk at the store?" he asked. "Did they get in the trunk at the store?”
“Well, the doors were opened, so let’s say that,” James responded. “When the trunk came up, we had all their things in the back trunk because they needed to go home. I only needed to transport them at that point.”
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Police disputed James’ claims after reviewing surveillance footage.
“[We were] able to view video footage of the gas pumps and observe the vehicle pull up to the gas pump and three children exited the trunk of the vehicle once it stopped at the gas pump,” La Vergne Police Sgt. Bob Hayes said, according to WKRN.
Police called the parents to pick up their children from the Speedway. All nine of the children in the car were James’ students.
James was arrested on charges of child endangerment and was released from jail on $1,000 bail. She is set to make a court appearance on March 9.