Police Seek DNA Where Comatose Woman Gave Birth

Pauline Gross
January 12, 2019

In addition, the records reveal that the patient's last doctor's examination took place more than eight months prior to the December 29 birth, which according to Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson "took everyone [at the facility] by surprise".

They issued the statement a day after the company's CEO Bill Timmons resigned amid growing outrage over the attack on the unidentified woman, who has been in a vegetative state since nearly drowning as a teenager 14 years ago.

However, both mother and child are now recovering in hospital, according to BBC News.

Her family, who are members of the San Carlos Apache tribe in south-eastern Arizona, said in a statement through their lawyer that they will care for the baby boy.

A week after the victim gave birth, Phoenix police have still released next to nothing about the investigation.

Hacienda HealthCare owns the care facility and said it welcomed DNA testing of its male workers.

The 29-year-old woman, who has been incapacitated since age 3, was sexually assaulted, police say, and they are trying to track down the assailant.

"We're not going to point out who we've obtained DNA from or who we intend to get DNA from", he said.

The 29-year-old female patient had been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years after a near-drowning.

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Officers launched a sex crime investigation when it was determined the mother was in a vegetative state, police spokesman Tommy Thompson said.

"The family obviously is outraged, traumatised and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare".

Founded as Hacienda de Los Angeles in 1967, Hacienda HealthCare describes itself on its website as "the leading provider of specialized medical care and social services for Arizona's infants, children and young adults who are medically fragile or chronically ill, including those with developmental disabilities".

He said that the baby had been delivered by the staff of the nursing home and that it was unclear if any staff members had known that the woman was pregnant.

And he added staff could face charges if it emerges they did know about the pregnancy and failed to act.

"On behalf of the tribe, I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members", tribal chairman Terry Rambler said, the AP reported.

"Sadly, one of her caretaker was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.it is my hope that justice will be served".

The now-former CEO of Hacienda HealthCare, Bill Timmons, has also stayed silent about exactly what he knew and when he knew it. Staff have denied knowing about it until the birth.

Advocates for people with disabilities say Arizona needs to find a way to monitor allegations of sexual abuse and sexual violence in group settings. It's a "profound or deep state of unconsciousness" where the person doesn't have thinking abilities but has other bodily functions like breathing and circulation, and they may also open their eyes or make sounds like crying or laughing, states the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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