Woman in vegetative state who gave birth was 'raped several times'

Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

Hacienda HealthCare issued a statement Tuesday saying Phoenix investigators had served a search warrant to collect DNA from the facility's male staffers.

He refused to say whether the hospital would subject its male staff members to DNA tests to help identify a suspect.

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

On Monday, a person spoke to ABC 15, claiming to be the former caregiver of a woman who gave birth at an Arizona nursing home late last month.

"Local news website Azfamily.com first reported that the woman had been in a vegetative state for more than a decade after a near-drowning and that no workers were aware she was pregnant". INSIDER also reached out to the Phoenix Police Department, and a spokesman said they could not confirm any of the reports about the investigation.

The boss of a private clinic in the USA has resigned after a woman in a vegetative state reportedly gave birth.

"Timmons' resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors". It's also unclear if staff members at the Hacienda de Los Angeles facility were unaware of the pregnancy until the birth.

Governor Doug Ducey's office issued a statement Friday afternoon, almost 24 hours after Arizona's Family first broke the story.

Alejandro Benally, chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department, said that the matter is under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department and that his department would assist the department in any way possible.

In a statement, board member Gary Orman said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

On its website, Hacienda describes itself as "Arizona's leading provider of specialized health care services for medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities".

The state department of economic security dispatched a team to conduct health and safety checks at the facility, and the department of health services has beefed up safety measures: more staff, increased monitoring and stronger security.

The source also said that Hacienda does not have cameras inside the hallways or rooms of the facility: the rape or sexual assault that happened was not recorded.

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

"We're not going to point out who we've obtained DNA from or who we intend to get DNA from", he said. "I myself have come in a back way many times with no one noticing me", the caregiver said.

CNN is not reporting the woman's name because she is the victim of sexual abuse. "We really need a lot of work in this area".

Karina Cesena told a Phoenix news outlet, "I do not [know if my daughter was victimised], but I do ask her, and she can answer yes or no".

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