Woman in vegetative state who gave birth is tribal member

Woman in vegetative state who gave birth is tribal member

In the company's statement Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman promised a full probe into the case.

The Hacienda statement said the company welcomed the move by the police and had looked into conducting its own DNA tests, but attorneys said it would be illegal.

Phoenix police so far have declined comment. "The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

Police are investigating a sexual assault after a woman in a vegetative state delivered a baby in late December at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix.

Hacienda staff reportedly had no idea anything was out of the ordinary until she began moaning.

The woman is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

She said no one reported that incident exclusively out of fear, and she believes there's been other abuse throughout the years. "It is my hope that justice will be served".

The state Department of Economic Security, a social-service agency whose functions include serving disabled people, said it performed health and safety checks on all of the residents at the Hacienda facility after the birth was reported and was working with police on their investigation.

San Carlos Apache Police Chief Alejandro Benally says Phoenix police "will do all they can to find the perpetrator".

Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, Arizona on a January 4, 2019.

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The reported birth - and the sexual assault on a vulnerable individual that must have preceded it - has cast a harsh glare on conditions at a nonprofit organization that bills itself as a leading provider of health care for Phoenix's medically fragile.

Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons has resigned after news of the birth emerged.

Tribal officials confirmed the woman was still in a coma when she gave birth. The sources told the local TV station that the woman had a "bump" and they are trying to determine whether anyone at the facility knew about the pregnancy and either didn't report it or actively covered it up.

Now, male staff who need to enter female rooms must be accompanied by a female employee.

A patient who had been in care at the facility for more than 10 years gave birth on December 29, a source told KPNX.

A Hacienda spokesperson said the facility was assisting with law enforcement and regulatory agencies on the "unprecedented matter" as well as reviewing its own "processes, protocols, and people".

Hacienda HealthCare over time became the umbrella for several programs in the Phoenix area that treat chronically ill infants, children and adults. "Most of the places are senior care", Cesena said.

"I think when you've had somebody who's had multiple allegations from different parties, there has to be some way to track that", McFadden said.

So long as whoever impregnated the patient is on the loose, the Arizona woman has vowed to stand guard.

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