Police seek staff DNA over vegetative woman's baby

Police seek staff DNA over vegetative woman's baby

Police seek staff DNA over vegetative woman's baby

The top cop said the victim was "helpless" and said her family are outraged at the "neglect".

DNA samples from all male employees at an Arizona long-term care facility were collected Tuesday as authorities investigate how a woman - who has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade - became pregnant and carried the baby to term without the staff knowing.

The search warrant to obtain DNA samples from the Hacienda HealthCare-owned facility was served on Tuesday, according to company spokesman David Leibowitz, the Associated Pressreported.

The baby and mother were transported to a local hospital where both are recovering.

That same year, a woman in a coma at a home in MA gave birth to a baby girl prematurely and with severe brain damage.

"She was not in a position to give consent to any of this", Thompson said.

Some criticised authorities for not speaking out earlier or calling the case a sexual assault. "None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much, giving birth".

Police suspect that the woman was sexually assaulted at the private healthcare facility and have launched a full investigation.

Hacienda HealthCare, who run the facility where the woman was attacked backed the development, saying: 'As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation'.

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

The relatives, who say they are not ready to come forward, asked for it to be conveyed publicly that the child has been "born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

Alejandro Benally, Chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department also had a statement included in the letter, "At this point, this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department".

"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers", the chairman of the woman's Apache tribe Terry Rambler said.

The Hacienda intermediate care facility specializes in providing around-the-clock care for infants, children and young adults with developmental disabilities or who are "medically fragile".

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

The woman is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and has always been in a vegetative state, the tribe's chairman said Tuesday. It is my hope that justice will be served'.

Police said Wednesday they were initially called to Hacienda Healthcare around 3:45 p.m. on December 29 in response to an "infant code" call, or an infant in distress.

Anyone can contact the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or to remain anonymous, Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish. They include more than one staff member being present during patient interactions and more scrutiny of visitors. "We also don't have required training for providers", McFadden said.

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