A tutor in Tennessee is facing criminal charges after authorities say kidsÂ were seen in the trunk of her car.
Three childrenÂ were in the trunk of Andria Jamesâ€™s vehicle â€” and six more were inside theÂ car â€” when officers showed up at the scene on Sunday, John Fesmire of the La Vergne Police DepartmentÂ told the Daily News Journal.
Lisa Marchesoni, Rutherford County Sheriffâ€™s Office public information officer, said James was arrested on three counts of reckless endangerment. James has since been released onÂ bond, Marchesoni told The WashingtonÂ Post, and is due to appear in court in March.
WKRNÂ reported that a person contacted authoritiesÂ after seeing the car at a gas station in La Vergne, a city about 15 miles southeast of Nashville.Â The children were all 10 years old or younger, according to reports.
James spoke with theÂ ABC affiliateÂ and called the trunk allegations â€œa complete and utter lie.â€
â€œThere were never nine altogether in my car, or in the store,â€ she told WKRN. â€œNever.â€ She alsoÂ told WSMV,Â an NBC affiliate, thatÂ the car was parked, itsÂ doors were open,Â and the kids were just playing around.
â€œNo, absolutely not, positively not,â€ James told WSMV. â€œNot one minute did I leave kids in the trunk.â€
La Vergne Police Sgt. Bob Hayes told WKRNÂ that investigators have reviewed videoÂ that contradicts Jamesâ€™s story.
â€œ[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,â€ he told WKRN.
James told News 2 she picked the children up after a basketball game on Saturday and they spent the night at her La Vergne home.
â€œAll of them didnâ€™t get in the trunk now, letâ€™s not get it confused,â€ James said. â€œAll of them never got into the trunk; there was plenty of room, those kids and seat belts.â€
James said she only took the children to the store to get away from a dangerous situation.
Metro Nashville Public Schools spokesman Joe Bass told the Daily News JournalÂ that James workedÂ at anÂ elementary school as a part-time tutor. She will be placed on leave, according to the newspaper.
â€œWe are in contact with the authorities in Rutherford County and will cooperate fully with their investigation,â€ Bass told the Daily News Journal. â€œObviously, 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.â€
A request for comment from the Metro Nashville Public Schools communications department was not immediately returned Tuesday morning.