Andrea Ball

Investigative reporter

Andrea Ball has worked for the Statesman since 1999, focusing on issues including mental health, poverty and nonprofits. Before that, she worked at newspapers in New York and North Carolina.

Latest from Andrea Ball

Georgetown woman sentenced to 20 years in baby’s death wants new trial
 A former day care owner serving 20 years in prison for failing to quickly call 911 for a choking baby is asking for a new trial, saying the judge had partly decided on her punishment before her sentencing hearing. Holly Harrison, who in April pleaded no contest to injury to a child and guilty to tampering with evidence, said in court papers...

10:40 PM Monday, Jul. 02, 2018

A former day care owner serving 20 years in prison for failing to quickly call 911 for a choking baby is asking for a new trial, saying the judge had partly decided on her punishment before her sentencing hearing. Holly Harrison, who in April pleaded no contest to injury to a child and guilty to tampering with evidence, said in court papers...
Texas spends $50M a year on overtime, contract labor at homes for disabled
 Texas Health and Human Services spent almost $30 million in seven months on overtime and contract labor at its institutions for people with disabilities because the state can’t find enough people to work at them. The cost of overtime pay and contract labor will likely hit $50 million this fiscal year, for the third year in a row. Union...

8:16 PM Tuesday, Jun. 05, 2018

Texas Health and Human Services spent almost $30 million in seven months on overtime and contract labor at its institutions for people with disabilities because the state can’t find enough people to work at them. The cost of overtime pay and contract labor will likely hit $50 million this fiscal year, for the third year in a row. Union...
Texas spends $30M on overtime, contract labor at homes for disabled
 The Texas Health and Human Services Commission spent almost $30 million in seven months on overtime and contract labor at its institutions for people with disabilities because the state can’t find enough people to work at them. The cost of overtime pay and contract labor will likely hit $50 million this fiscal year, for the third year...

8:11 PM Tuesday, Jun. 05, 2018

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission spent almost $30 million in seven months on overtime and contract labor at its institutions for people with disabilities because the state can’t find enough people to work at them. The cost of overtime pay and contract labor will likely hit $50 million this fiscal year, for the third year...
Texas day care operator’s lies exposed in child death trial
 Holly Harrison’s Georgetown day care seemed ideal. Her home was clean and full of toys. Parents believed she had a full-time employee to help with the children; that she watched just six kids; that she monitored the infants’ every moment, even while they slept. But the parents learned that none of that was true after 5-month-old...

5:06 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

Holly Harrison’s Georgetown day care seemed ideal. Her home was clean and full of toys. Parents believed she had a full-time employee to help with the children; that she watched just six kids; that she monitored the infants’ every moment, even while they slept. But the parents learned that none of that was true after 5-month-old...
Day care owner gets 20-year sentence in infant’s death
 A day care facility owner who waited at least 14 minutes to call 911 for a suffocating infant was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday afternoon. Holly Harrison, who ran All About Kids day care, pleaded guilty earlier this month to tampering with evidence and no contest to injury to a child. Williamson County state District Court...

9:10 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

A day care facility owner who waited at least 14 minutes to call 911 for a suffocating infant was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday afternoon. Holly Harrison, who ran All About Kids day care, pleaded guilty earlier this month to tampering with evidence and no contest to injury to a child. Williamson County state District Court...
Day care operator sentenced to 20 years in infant death case
 Update: Holly Harrison has been sentenced to 20 years in the death of 5-month-old Brody Havins Earlier: The sentencing hearing for a woman charged in the day care death of a 5-month-old boy will likely wrap up today. Prosecutors concluded their case against Holly Harrison — who pleaded earlier this month no contest to injury to...

3:36 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

Update: Holly Harrison has been sentenced to 20 years in the death of 5-month-old Brody Havins Earlier: The sentencing hearing for a woman charged in the day care death of a 5-month-old boy will likely wrap up today. Prosecutors concluded their case against Holly Harrison — who pleaded earlier this month no contest to injury to...
Father in day care death case: ‘We’re still trying to cope’
 The last time David Havins saw his infant son alive, Brody was in his crib, kicking his feet and smiling. It was early on Jan. 13, 2016, and Havins was getting ready to leave his Georgetown home and go to his job doing electrical work in South Austin. But before he left, he stopped by Brody’s crib. He kissed the baby on the head and...

11:55 PM Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

The last time David Havins saw his infant son alive, Brody was in his crib, kicking his feet and smiling. It was early on Jan. 13, 2016, and Havins was getting ready to leave his Georgetown home and go to his job doing electrical work in South Austin. But before he left, he stopped by Brody’s crib. He kissed the baby on the head and...
Father in day care death case: 'We cried for a good hour sitting on the floor'
 The last time David Havins saw his infant son alive, Brody was in his crib, kicking his feet and smiling like he always did. It was early in the morning of Jan. 13, 2016, and Havins was getting ready to leave his Georgetown home and head to his job doing electrical work in South Austin. But before he left, he stopped by Brody’s crib...

2:54 PM Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

The last time David Havins saw his infant son alive, Brody was in his crib, kicking his feet and smiling like he always did. It was early in the morning of Jan. 13, 2016, and Havins was getting ready to leave his Georgetown home and head to his job doing electrical work in South Austin. But before he left, he stopped by Brody’s crib...
City’s response to Austin bomber renews tension over racial disparities
 Gilbert Rivera feels like his East Austin community was failed by the way the city handled Austin’s serial bombings. Failed by the way the police responded to the first bombing, which killed a black man; by what he sees as a lack of communication with the neighborhoods attacked; by the initial refusal of law enforcement to call bomber...

8:44 AM Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

Gilbert Rivera feels like his East Austin community was failed by the way the city handled Austin’s serial bombings. Failed by the way the police responded to the first bombing, which killed a black man; by what he sees as a lack of communication with the neighborhoods attacked; by the initial refusal of law enforcement to call bomber...
‘There was blood everywhere,’ son testifies about Judge Julie Kocurek’s shooting
 Will Kocurek, the son of Judge Julie Kocurek, testified Monday that he was driving the car she rode in when a gunmen opened fire on her. Will Kocurek was a sophomore at Austin High School at the time of the shooting. Now he’s 18. It was a Friday night, and Will and Julie Kocurek were in the front seats of the car as they headed home...

12:11 AM Monday, Mar. 26, 2018

Will Kocurek, the son of Judge Julie Kocurek, testified Monday that he was driving the car she rode in when a gunmen opened fire on her. Will Kocurek was a sophomore at Austin High School at the time of the shooting. Now he’s 18. It was a Friday night, and Will and Julie Kocurek were in the front seats of the car as they headed home...
Explosion at Austin Goodwill brought bomb scare, new donation policies
 When an explosion was reported at a Goodwill store in Southwest Austin on Tuesday night, people immediately thought it was yet another package from the serial bomber who has terrorized Austin for weeks. National and local media swarmed to the scene on Brodie Lane, about four miles south of the FedEx store linked to the bomber earlier that...

5:09 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

When an explosion was reported at a Goodwill store in Southwest Austin on Tuesday night, people immediately thought it was yet another package from the serial bomber who has terrorized Austin for weeks. National and local media swarmed to the scene on Brodie Lane, about four miles south of the FedEx store linked to the bomber earlier that...