Comatose woman hospitalized after birth with baby

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 10, 2019

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.

Cops made the horrific admission as they continue to probe the shocking case at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix.

The woman was an enrolled tribal member of the San Carlos Apache tribe of southeastern Arizona, according to officials. "Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her".

Some criticised authorities for not speaking out earlier or calling the case a sexual assault.

Thompson said investigators initially didn't want to say anything that could cause a suspect to "go underground or go into hiding".

Phoenix police obtained search warrants for the samples, Hacienda HealthCare confirmed Tuesday.

Hacienda HealthCare said it welcomed the DNA testing of employees.

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.

"She could have been in active labor for a prolonged period of time, which could have resulted in adverse outcomes for mom and/or baby - for example, this could have resulted in infection, trauma or even death to the baby", Landry said.

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It's unclear if facility staff members knew about the pregnancy until the birth.

An attorney representing the woman's family told KPNX in a statement Tuesday that the family was not emotionally prepared to make a statement but that they "would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

The private care facility serves babies, children and young adults who are "medically fragile".

The state's online complaint database for care facilities shows complaints about Hacienda de Los Angeles going back to 2013, most of which involve fire drill and evacuation preparation or Medicaid eligibility. Nobody relayed the incidents to an administrator. That employee was later fired. The facility responded to the Post, "As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation".

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

"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.

Peter King, who once considered admitting his daughter at Hacienda, told KPHO-TV he never felt comfortable with having her there, and said the recent news was confirmation that his gut was right. Thompson said off-duty officers have been providing extra security "to protect anybody who's there".

Hacienda "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation", Gary Orman, the executive vide president of the Hacienda board, said in a separate statement Monday announcing the resignation of Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons.

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