Phoenix police investigating sex assault at Hacienda HealthCare

Woman in coma gives birth Police collect DNA samples of male employees at facility

Woman in coma gives birth Police collect DNA samples of male employees at facility

Meanwhile, the woman's family has expressed outrage over the incident, stating they were traumatised by the alleged abuse and neglect that took place at a facility where she was supposed to be cared for.

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. Authorities served a search warrant Tuesday, a day after the provider's CEO resigned. They have declined to comment.

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

The chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, which the woman is part of, Terry Rambler told CNN: "When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they re most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers".

"We will continue to co-operate with Phoenix police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation", it said in a statement.

Though the woman has not been named, authorities said she is Native American and 29 years old.

After the birth emerged, the Arizona Department of Health Services said new safety measures have been implemented, including increased staff presence during any patient interaction, more monitoring of patient care areas and additional security measures involving visitors.

"She could have been in active labor for a prolonged period of time, which could have resulted in adverse outcomes for mom and/or baby - for example, this could have resulted in infection, trauma or even death to the baby", Landry said. He says the woman and child are recovering but didn't release their conditions.

"Sadly, one of her caretaker was not to be trusted and took advantage of is my hope that justice will be served".

According to AP News, police are now investigating this as sexual assault and are in the midst of collecting DNA samples from all of the facility's male employees.

Investigators launched their case after learning a 29-year-old woman gave birth to a son on December 29, despite having been in a vegetative state for 14 years following a near-drowning accident.

The company also said it had sought legal advice over the possibility of mandatory DNA testing for staff, but was advised it would violate federal law.

To find the possible assailant, police in the southwestern USA state are comparing DNA samples from the baby with male employees at the Hacienda Del Sol care centre, where the 29-year-old woman was a patient.

He also said that anyone who knew about the pregnancy but failed to report it could face charges. Gary Orman, executive vice president, said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

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

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