Comatose woman may not have shown signs of pregnancy

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

Phoenix Police spokesman Tommy Thompson speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Phoenix, about the investigation of a woman at a long-term care facility who gave birth.

Police are looking for her rapist and say it appears none of the staff members at a Phoenix long-term care facility knew about the pregnancy until the baby was born December 29, a notion that has drawn skepticism.

The baby and the woman are recovering at an area hospital, and their conditions were not released.

Officials say they are committed to cooperating with the police to "uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

Investigators are collecting DNA from the facility's male employees and anyone else who may have had contact with her.

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.

A woman living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility in central Phoenix reportedly delivered a baby last month.

According to the Huffington Post, the unidentified woman had been in a coma for 14 years after a near-drowning accident and is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

"The family is outraged, traumatized and shocked by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda HealthCare", he said.

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

Gary Orman, executive vice president of Hacienda HealthCare's board of directors, has promised a "full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

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".

"I know at least once she was sexually assaulted, which is way too many times", Thompson said.

Facility Has Persistent Low Ratings, but Promises to Take Accountability for RapeAccording to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the nursing home, Hacienda Nursing Facility, is a 74-bed non-profit facility that cares for those with intellectual disabilities.

A lawyer for the woman's relatives has confirmed that they are now caring for the infant.

There are continuing developments in the story of 29-year-old comatose woman who gave birth recently to a baby boy. In the wake of the investigation, the facility's CEO Bill Timmons has resigned. However, according to reports, workers at the care facility where she lives didn't notice the developing pregnancy.

The Hacienda intermediate care facility specialises in providing around-the-clock care for infants, children and young adults with developmental disabilities or who are "medically fragile". Police said they have ramped up the search for a suspect in a case that has made national headlines.

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