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Rape coma baby 'nearly died' at Hacienda Healthcare, police confirm

10 January 2019

They issued the statement a day after the company's CEO Bill Timmons resigned amid growing outrage over the attack on the unidentified woman, who has been in a vegetative state since nearly drowning as a teenager 14 years ago.

The top cop said the victim was "helpless" and said her family are outraged at the "neglect". It also appears that caretakers were completely unaware of her pregnancy until she began to give birth.

He confirmed the baby was in distress following the birth, but staff members of the facility were there when the baby was born and it was a natural birth. "It is my hope that justice will be served", the tribe chairman told CBS.

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.

Phoenix police are pursuing DNA samples from every male employee at a private care facility where a patient in a vegetative state recently gave birth.

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The statement said the company welcomed the move to investigate what it called "this deeply disturbing but unprecedented situation".

"This is the highest priority for the Phoenix Police Department", said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a spokesperson with the Phoenix Police Department.

In the announcement, the company confirmed that Phoenix police had served a search warrant "to obtain DNA from male Hacienda HealthCare staffers".

A week after the victim gave birth, Phoenix police have still released next to nothing about the investigation. I know Chief Jeri Williams and the Phoenix PD Officers will do all they can to find the perpetrator.

The Hacienda facility, according to its website, provides specialized care for infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile", chronically ill or have intellectual and developmental disabilities. 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.

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One complaint from December 2013 outlines an allegation that a staff member made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients two months earlier. Nobody relayed the incidents to an administrator.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".

On Monday, the facility's long-time chief executive, Bill Timmons, submitted his resignation, which was unanimously accepted by its board of directors. That employee was later fired. "Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents".

"I never expected something that devastating to happen but, however, I just wasn't surprised", King said. "That's when he said, 'Why don't we try and get her to your home?'" King 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 told the AP.

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Rape coma baby 'nearly died' at Hacienda Healthcare, police confirm