Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Phoenix police seek workers' DNA after woman in coma gives birth

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

On December 29, a patient at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility for the developmentally disabled gave birth to a baby boy, reports CBS.

Phoenix attorney John Micheaels said in a statement Tuesday that the woman's family is outraged by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at the Hacienda HealthCare facility, AZ Family reported.

"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".

Officials with Hacienda Healthcare have issued a statement, amidst mounting controversy over a female patient in vegetative state who gave birth recently.

"Timmons' resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors".

Investigators are also trying to figure out whether any staff members knew that the woman was pregnant and didn't report it, sources told ABC 15.

Govenor Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".

Alejandro Benally, Chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department said, "At this point, this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department".


A high-ranking executive in the company said that they would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization".

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".

A male patient also complained several staff members walked in on him while he was naked and showering with the assistance of a female member of staff in December 2017, according to records from the Department of Health and Human Services. "During this time, the agency has required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility including increased staff presence during patient interactions, increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility".

The former caregiver, who asked to remain anonymous, said the patient couldn't walk or communicate in any way. "But things like this don't happen without someone either knowing about it or should have known about it", Solomon said. The incident is being investigated as a sexual assault. The Phoenix Police said they could not confirm the reports. "We will continue to work to ensure the safety of all our members".

But Cesena says neither she nor the other parents' families have been given any details about what those extra security procedures are.

Previously, healthcare sources said: "From what I've been told, she was moaning".

"From what I know the baby is alive, and the baby is healthy", she said.

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