Rape coma baby: Hacienda Healthcare staff must hand DNA to police

Phillip Cunningham
January 12, 2019

Police in Arizona served a search warrant on Tuesday to collect DNA from male staffers at long-term care facility where a woman gave birth while in a vegetative state.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office said Ducey was briefed on the "deeply troubling" reports as soon as the office learned of them and that state agencies "immediately began taking every measure to protect patient safety".

"As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation", the company stated in the release, reported the Arizona Republic.

"Hacienda stands committed to doing everything in our power to bring this police investigation to a quick conclusion".

"On behalf of the Tribe, I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our member", Chairman of the Tribe Terry Rambler explained in the release.

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

On Monday, longtime CEO Bill Timmons resigned from Hacienda after reports of the December birth surfaced last week. He declined to confirm whether the investigation involved a possible sex crime or elaborate on the circumstances that prompted the investigation. It is also unclear if staff members at the Hacienda de Los Angeles facility were unaware of the pregnancy until the birth. Her life is split between her bedroom and another room where she's taken by wheelchair to spend her days, the woman told ABC 15.

Police are investigating a sexual assault after a woman in a vegetative state delivered a baby in late December at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix. The facility has up to 74 patient beds, according to federal records, while state records show that some patients have lived at the Hacienda facility for decades.

CBS affiliate Arizona's Family also spoke to a former Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility manager on Tuesday, who claimed that the company's former CEO covered up another sexually inappropriate incident.

Protocol at the clinic has been changed, the source said, and men now have to be accompanied by a woman on entering the room of a female patient. I can't believe someone would bathe her daily for nine months, never know she wasn't having her period, she wasn't growing in her mid-section.

"None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth", azfamily.com quoted a source familiar with the situation as saying.

It would be the police who would lead DNA testing to figure out who fathered the baby, Solomon said, adding that it would be hard for Hacienda to escape liability.

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to the website.

Advocates for the disabled say Arizona needs to find a way to monitor allegations of sexual abuse and sexual violence in group settings.

The organization cares for more than 2,500 across all of its facilities.

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