3 women charged in hot van death of woman in their care

Brenham State Supported Living Center is seen in this July 12, 2017, picture taken in Brenham, Texas. (Courtesy: KPRC)
Brenham State Supported Living Center is seen in this July 12, 2017, picture taken in Brenham, Texas. (Courtesy: KPRC)

BRENHAM, Texas (AP/KXAN) — Three women have been charged with murder in the death of a resident at a center for people with developmental disabilities in Southeast Texas whose body was found in a hot van in July.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office says the three women were indicted Nov. 28 in Amy Parrish’s death. They were arrested this week.

Authorities say workers at the Brenham State Supported Living Center hunted for the 48-year-old Parrish for hours before discovering her body in the van, parked outside the center. First Assistant District Attorney Adam Muery said Thursday that prosecutors don’t believe the workers intended to cause her death.

KPRC reports Charlotte Washington, 58; Sylvia Pratt, 51; and Lacreshia Miles, 34, are all charged with murder. If convicted, all could face life in prison.

Two later resigned. The third is on leave.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Carrie Williams.told KPRC residents are commonly driven to appointments in the vans, but she said it was not clear how Parrish, who has lived at the facility since 1976, ended up in the van.