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

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

The Hacienda HealthCare facility in Pheonix, Ariz., is under fire after one of its patients, who has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade, gave birth on December 29. According to a statement from the company, Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare's longtime CEO, terminated his employment immediately upon news that a possible staffer impregnated the woman. "We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

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.

The facility is now under criminal investigation after a woman went into labor in her bed and delivered a healthy baby boy on December 29, 2018 at the care facility for people with intellectual disabilities.

Police have declined to comment on the investigation.

According to Global News, the staff at the facility were unaware that the woman, who had been housed there for about 10 years, was pregnant.

The clinic's chief executive Bill Timmons has now resigned, with his departure unanimously approved by Hacienda HealthCare's board of directors, a company spokesman said.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said he'd been briefed on the situation and called the "reports deeply troubling".

The Arizona Department of Health Services has confirmed the patient who was allegedly raped was a resident at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Gary Orman, the executive vice president of the company's board, said it would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS), which licenses the facility, said they were aware of the alleged incident and were "actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation".

They include increased staff presence during any patient interaction, more monitoring of patient care areas and additional security measures involving visitors.

State records show complaints about Hacienda de Los Angeles going back to 2013.

One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients.

Hacienda HealthCare says investigators served a warrant Tuesday, asking for DNA samples from male employees. That employee was later fired. "I haven't been able to sleep good at night because of what occurred here", another mother, Angela Gomez said. "I stay in her room", Cesena told As It Happens host Carol Off.

The woman, who also asked to remain anonymous, says she was shocked when she learned of the pregnancy last week.

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