I met with Yvette Harden's step-brother this afternoon. The family wants to tell you about Yvette and her mother, Diana; to describe their close bond and the problems they encountered at Oakland Springs Healthcare Center. But, they're planning the funeral, so the interview will have to wait.
They wanted you to see this poem Diana Harden wrote to Yvette. It reads in part, "My spirit cries for you, I keep my game face on, I must be strong for you." And later, "How much can we take?"
As I've been reporting, Diana Harden mailed this letter to the I-Team this past Saturday describing her planned murder-suicide, then carried it out on Sunday.
Today, we learned that the State Department of Public Health is studying the letter and the nursing home's history. Officials there say Diana Harden's complaints, if verified, could lead to Oakland Springs losing its license.
The stepbrother also told me today that the shootings came as a total surprise to the family. Diana Harden and her partner had eight children between them, including Yvette. The stepbrother said Diana Harden "didn't snap, it was well thought out", and that lack of treatment and abuse at the nursing home was the central cause.