Sex abuse probe launched after Arizona woman gives birth in coma

Sex abuse probe launched after Arizona woman gives birth in coma

Police served the long-term care facility with a search warrant on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

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

The Hacienda HealthCare facility where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth in December.

San Carlos Apache Police Department Chief Alejandro Benally said in the release that the case was in the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department and his agency would assist in any way possible.

It is noted that the board of directors unanimously accepted his resignation.

The CBS source also claimed the facility has introduced a new rule that male staff members are banned from seeing a female patient without a female staff member after the incident.

In addition to working with police, the state is "re-evaluating the state's contract and regulatory authority as it relates to this facility and have been working closely with state agencies to ensure all necessary safety measures are in place", Patrick Ptak, a governor's office spokesman, said in a statement.

Governor Doug Ducey's office issued a statement Friday afternoon, almost 24 hours after Arizona's Family first broke the story.

Gary Orman, executive vice president of Hacienda HealthCare, said the company would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to its website.

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A male patient also complained several staff members walked in on him while he was naked and showering with the assistance of a female member of staff in December 2017, according to records from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The state department of economic security dispatched a team to conduct health and safety checks at the facility, and the department of health services has beefed up safety measures: more staff, increased monitoring and stronger security.

It would be the police who would lead DNA testing to figure out who fathered the baby, Solomon said, adding that it would be hard for Hacienda to escape liability.

"There's a lot of information we do not have, but things like this don't happen without someone either knowing about it or should have known about it", Solomon said.

The caregiver said the woman was completely unable to communicate and was only visited by family members every few months.

Sources also told ABC 15 in another report that investigators are looking into whether the patient suffered multiple sexual assaults, "including assaults on different parts of the body".

Karina Cesena told a Phoenix news outlet, "I do not [know if my daughter was victimised], but I do ask her, and she can answer yes or no".

"We don't know who this person is yet".

"I can't think of a legitimate reason not to call it what it is", he said. "We really need a lot of work in this area".

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