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

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

The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated.

CNN said it is not reporting the woman's name because she is the victim of sexual abuse.

"The baby was in distress", the police said in their statement Wednesday. It is my hope that justice will be served'.

Meanwhile, the unnamed woman's family have also expressed outrage at the "neglect of their daughter" - and added that they will now care for the child.

The lawyer for the family of a 29-year-old Native American woman who has been in "a completely vulnerable state" after almost drowning over a decade ago said Tuesday that "the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for", Arizona Family reported.

The woman was identified Tuesday by San Carlos Apache Tribe Chairman Terry Rambler as a member of the tribe, which confirmed in a statement that the woman, a patient at the Hacienda Del Sol nursing facility in Phoenix, "has been in a persistent vegetative state and coma for over a decade".

"We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation", the statement said.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department said officers responded on December 29 to a call of an infant who had been delivered at a long-term care facility in the area of 16th Street and South Mountain Avenue.

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. Police said they have ramped up the search for a suspect in a case that has made national headlines.

The facility in Phoenix, Arizona
The facility in Phoenix, Arizona

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to the website. It has multiple complaints going back to 2013, most for emergency preparation or Medicaid eligibility, according to the state's online complaint database for care facilities.

Earlier this week, the chief executive of the corporation in charge of the home resigned over the case.

Gov. Doug Ducey said he was "very troubled" by the allegations.

The incidents were not relayed to an administrator and the employee was later fired.

On Monday, the facility's long-time chief executive, Bill Timmons, submitted his resignation, which was unanimously accepted by its board of directors.

A source familiar with the situation also told Arizona Family the facility has adjusted its policy on male employees and female patients.

"I wasn't there. I clearly don't have firsthand knowledge of what happened", Meyers said.

"I can't believe someone receiving that level of constant care wasn't recognized as being pregnant prior to the time she delivered", Meyers said.

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