Phoenix police seek workers' DNA after woman in coma gives birth

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

The 29-year-old, who is a patient at the centre which cares for people with intellectual disabilities, unexpectedly gave birth on December 29.

The Arizona facility is investigating what it calls a "deeply disturbing incident" that a local news outlet has said involved the sexual assault of a patient who has been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years.

In response, the Arizona Department of Economic Security and Phoenix police launched an investigation into the facility.

An attorney for the family of the vegetative woman said on Tuesday that the baby boy is healthy but it's not clear who now has custody of the child, reported KPHO.

Martin Solomon, a personal injury attorney in Phoenix whose clients are mostly vulnerable adult victims of abuse and neglect, said a lawyer representing this woman should call for all pertinent medical records, a list of current and ex-employees and any past litigation involving Hacienda.

Hacienda HealthCare confirmed the search warrant for DNA samples Tuesday evening. Then one day, hospital workers noticed one day that there was something wrong with her.

It has been learned that a woman in a vegetative state at a Phoenix-area nursing facility was sexually assaulted after giving birth to a baby boy on Saturday.

The family of the Arizona woman who gave birth to a baby boy last month, despite being in a vegetative state for a decade, is still coming to grips with how their daughter's trust was violated.

A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare says Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday and it was unanimously accepted by the facility's board of directors.

"While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient's health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter".

The birth at Hacienda de Los Angeles, a Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix took staff members by surprise.

Orman added that the facility will be cooperating with police and investigators in every way possible. "I haven't been able to sleep well at night because of what occurred here", a mother, Angela Gomez, told CBS.

The office of Arizona's governor has described the situation as "deeply troubling".

Gary Orman, the executive vice president of the company's board, said it would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

In 2013, Timmons received a warning from the Arizona Department of Health Services after an investigation revealed that a staff member - who was later fired - had made sexual comments about a patient that weren't appropriately reported.

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