Three employees indicted in hot van death

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Three employees indicted in the death of an elderly disabled woman left in a hot van for hours (KTRK)

Will Mason remembers his sister Rebekah Harkins as a gentle soul. Today, he believes that soul is finally resting a bit more peacefully.

"I'm just happy that the justice system is finally acting. That something is finally happening with Rebekah," said Mason.

In 2013, Harkins, who's autistic, was left in a hot van outside the Sean Ashley House for hours. After she was discovered, Harkins was rushed to the hospital, where she clung to life for five weeks before she died.

After a frustrating two years, a grand jury has finally handed down three felony indictments againt former employees of the adult day care facility. Supervisor Tamika Lee, bus drivers Brian Campbell, and Rodney Jackson are all facing felony counts relating to causing injury to a disabled person.

"They didn't take roll that day," said Mason, as he listed the many things he believes the Sean Ashley House employees should have done. "They didn't check to see if she was in the van, they made a lot of assumptions, and as a result, an innocent person died."

Eyewitness News discovered that one of the suspects, Rodney Jackson had multiple arrests on his record prior to the 2013 incident. That includes at least one charge of driving with a suspended lices. Yet, Jackson was apparently one of the van drivers who transported Harkins.

"That's shocking," said Mason.

Eyewitness News repeadily called the Sean Ashley House. We even paid a visit, and tried to talk to several employees. They responded by locking the doors.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office says it would like to see the three people turn themselves in. However, if that does not happen, they will go out looking for these individuals.

The family has already settled the civil case against the Sean Ashley House. However, what relatives want more than anything, is for those who they believe to be responsible for Harkins' death, to have their day in court.

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