Police investigate after United States woman in coma gives birth at nursing home

Police seek staff DNA over vegetative woman's baby

Police seek staff DNA over vegetative woman's baby

DNA samples will be collected from all male workers at a long-term care facility in Phoenix, Arizona where a female patient in a vegetative state recently gave birth, police say.

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

We know that sexual assault and rape are less about sex than they are predation, which is one reason assailants target the vulnerable - children, women under the influence of drugs or alcohol, people with disabilities.

Police were called to a Hacienda HealthCare center at around 3:42 p.m. on December 29, according to statements by police and Hacienda. Police are investigating. But there are also medical oversight questions here. People with disabilities are sexually abused at nearly three times the rate of the general population, according to disability rights organizations (other groups say rates of sexual assault and rape are twice as high for those with disabilities; either way, people who live with disabilities are targeted for sexual abuse more often than those without).

The report says the doctor who examined her at the long-term care facility where she lives found "no change" in her health.

Hacienda HealthCare said they accepted DNA testing of its employees and will cooperate with officials.

Thompson confirmed the baby and his mother have been recovering in an area hospital following the birth. It's a "profound or deep state of unconsciousness" where the person doesn't have thinking abilities but has other bodily functions like breathing and circulation, and they may also open their eyes or make sounds like crying or laughing, states the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A lawyer for the woman's family said the infant "has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for", according to the New York Times.

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"The family obviously is outraged, traumatized, and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda HealthCare", said John Michaels, who is her family's attorney, reported CNN.

The woman, who was an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, had been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years after a near-drowning.

"I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members", Tribe Chairman Terry Rambler said.

"One of our patients just had a baby, and we had no idea she was pregnant", the nurse said.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt Tommy Thompson said it was not known whether anyone had declined to give a DNA sample.

Phoenix police, meanwhile, have not ruled out any suspects in the assault.

Hacienda describes itself as Arizona's leading provider of specialized healthcare services for medically fragile and chronically ill patients and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When a Arizona Family reporter asked the source as to how they were alerted about her going into labor, the source said that "she was moaning". With almost 3 decades of experience, we have both the resources and proven results required to hold nursing homes accountable. "If it's the same story from different people, then there's something wrong".

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