Investigating case of 56-year-old woman left in van for hours

State records show the facility faced violations back in February

Published On: Jul 25 2013 07:12:08 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 25 2013 07:30:08 PM CDT
Woman left in hot van
HOUSTON -

Since 56-year-old Becky Harkins was found on the floor of a white passenger van, some have asked who was taking care of her and how it could have happened.

Local 2 asked the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the state agency that has a contract with the Sean Ashley House to provide services to Texans who need the help, who was taking care of Harkins.

State records show the facility was last inspected in February. There were several areas with violations where the center failed to meet certain requirements of the contract.

The state report shows the facility needs to routinely train its staff to make sure they can properly care for their clients.

The inspection also showed that the facility did not always check registries to make sure the employee is not listed as "unemployable". 

Finally, the report shows that the provider failed to notify the alleged victims in five different complaints about the corrective action it took to address their cases.

The department said none of these violations put anyone at risk. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Adult Protective Services and the Houston Police Department are all investigating Harkins' case. 

Thursday afternoon, Harkins was listed in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Southwest.