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APNewsBreak: Report cites lax security at mental hospital

  • These undated file photos provided by the Lakewood Police Department show Anthony Garver, right, and Mark Alexander Adams, left, who escaped from Western State Hospital in April, 2016. Corrections officials who investigated the escape from Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should be a secure facility. (Lakewood Police Department via AP, file)

    These undated file photos provided by the Lakewood Police Department show Anthony Garver, right, and Mark Alexander Adams, left, who escaped from Western State Hospital in April, 2016. Corrections officials who investigated the escape from Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should be a secure facility. (Lakewood Police Department via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this May 2, 2016 file photo shows the  front of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. Corrections officials who investigated the April 2016 escape of two violent patients from Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should be a secure facility. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

    In this May 2, 2016 file photo shows the front of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. Corrections officials who investigated the April 2016 escape of two violent patients from Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should be a secure facility. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Nov. 18, 2015 file photo, a sign is shown near an entrance to Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. Corrections officials who investigated the April 2016 escape of two violent patients from Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should be a secure facility. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

    In this Nov. 18, 2015 file photo, a sign is shown near an entrance to Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. Corrections officials who investigated the April 2016 escape of two violent patients from Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should be a secure facility. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)  (The Associated Press)

Corrections officials who investigated the April escape of two violent patients from Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions.

The review of security at Western State Hospital determined there were 25,000 missing master keys and thousands of missing tools used to open patient windows.

Investigators also said in their report that management was unwilling to recognize that failing to focus on security put patients and the public at risk.

The report obtained by The Associated Press said that attitude was the main cause of the April 6 escape by Anthony Garver, who was confined amid allegations that he tortured and killed a woman, and Mark Alexander Adams, who has multiple domestic violence convictions. Both were captured within days.

Hospital CEO Cheryl Strange says the hospital had made significant safety improvements since the escapes.