Published: Thu, January 10, 2019

Rape Probe After Woman In Coma For 14 Years Gives Birth

Rape Probe After Woman In Coma For 14 Years Gives Birth

CNN is not reporting the woman's name because she is the victim of sexual abuse.

"The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for", Phoenix attorney John Micheaels said in a statement.

He acknowledged the public interest in the story but confirmed the family are "not emotionally ready" to come forward with their own comment at this time.

The now-former CEO of Hacienda HealthCare, Bill Timmons, has also stayed silent about exactly what he knew and when he knew it. Authorities served a search warrant Tuesday, a day after the provider's CEO resigned.

Sex abuse investigation underway after a patient in vegetative state for almost a decade gives birth.

San Carlos Apache officials announced Tuesday night that the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of the tribe, whose reservation is in southeastern Arizona about 215 kilometres east of Phoenix.

"It is my hope that justice will be served", tribal chairman Terry Rambler said.

Hacienda HealthCare says it's cooperating with police and has called the case "deeply disturbing".

"It is a large number of individuals", Sgt. Thompson said. A source told the staff only learned the patient was pregnant when she began to moan - an indication she was going into labor.

At this point in the investigation, Kobojek said the forensic team already has the mother and baby boy's DNA, likely taken off cheek cells with a buccal swab.

He didn't release the conditions of the woman and child.

With a court order, detectives collected DNA from all the men working at Hacienda Healthcare, and possibly others.

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.

Police spokesman Tommy Thompson said at a news conference Wednesday that investigators are gathering DNA from male workers at the facility and that a suspect has yet to be identified in the sexual assault.

"As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation", Hacienda Healthcare said in a statement obtained by KPHO-TV.

'Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.

"None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth", the source said.

In a statement, board member Gary Orman said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation". A majority of its patients are infants, children, teens and young adults.

The case is "disturbing, to put it mildly", said Jon Meyers, executive director of The Arc of Arizona, an advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's office has called the case "deeply troubling".

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