State officials say they have acted to protect other patients following the pregnancy.
A woman said to have been in a vegetative state for at least a decade at a private health care facility in Phoenix reportedly gave birth recently, triggering a police investigation and reviews by state agencies in a situation that the state governor's office called "deeply troubling'".
The outlet also reported that the patient has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade after almost drowning.
She added many people would have had access to the woman's room and cited a meeting with Mr Timmons in 1998 over concerns regarding the treatment of a separate patient. INSIDER was not able to independently verify the person's employment at Hacienda.
RAPE PROBE: Hacienda HealthCare has said it is cooperating with police (Pic: ABC 15) "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", an unnamed source told CBS News affiliate KTVK. According to the local station's unidentified source, the facility staff had no idea the patient was pregnant until she began moaning as she went into labor.
Of the facility, Cesena said, "Trust has been broken".
The baby, a healthy boy, was delivered on December 29.
"I can't think of a legitimate reason not to call it what it is", he said. Last year, NPR reported that Americans with intellectual disability are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities. "We also don't have required training for providers", McFadden said.
"My heart stopped when I heard the news from my daughter. Or should I just keep my mouth shut?"
Thompson told reporters that changes apparently have been made.
A Hacienda Healthcare spokesperson told AZ Family that it has been in business for over 50 years and has "an outstanding reputation". The baby's head started to emerge when a nurse came in to check on her. "I was confused. I was scared", she said. He couldn't say anything. He couldn't defend himself.
The woman says the incident was never reported to the proper authorities, and she was left "horrified".
He resigned on Monday, in response to the scandal.
"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter".
Since the birth, Hacienda has placed a policy of requiring female employees to accompany male employees to female patients' rooms, most likely pushed forward by the Arizona Department of Health Services, which said in a statement that it has implemented "heightened safety measures" that include "increased staff presence during patient interactions as well as surveillance of patient care locations". "Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company's leaders and the communities we serve".
The Arizona Department of health services has also released a statement, saying that they are working with the Phoenix Police.