Police: Tutor arrested after 3 children found in car trunk


A tutor at a Metro elementary school was arrested for allegedly having children in the trunk of her car in La Vergne.

Someone called police Sunday evening after reportedly seeing the children in the trunk at the Speedway on Murfreesboro Road.

Officers said 33-year-old Andria James had three children in the trunk of her car and six children in the cab area of her vehicle.

The parents of the children were called to come pick them up.

James told Channel 4 she had permission from the parents to take the students to her house after a basketball game over the weekend. She said she never drove with students in the trunk of her Chevrolet Malibu.

James said the children were playing in the trunk while the car was parked.

“No, absolutely not, positively not,” James said. “Not one minute did I leave kids in the trunk.”

But police said the crime was caught on surveillance.

“We were actually able to verify that she pulled up and the kids had been riding in the car while it was on the road in the trunk,” said John Fesmire with the La Vergne Police Department.

James was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment. She is being held at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and is set to appear in General Sessions Court on March 9.

Metro Schools released the following statement concerning James’ arrest:

Andria James is a part-time tutor at Alex Green Elementary and has been since September. She will be placed on administrative leave as soon as district offices reopen in the morning, as is standard procedure when an employee is arrested. We are in contact with the authorities in Rutherford County and will cooperate fully with their investigation. Obviously, the acts she is accused of are completely inappropriate for an educator entrusted with caring for students, and we will take further disciplinary action if needed as more details come to light.

Source: NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) Channel 4
Police: Tutor arrested after 3 children found in car trunk

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