Comatose woman gave birth to boy, attorney says

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A woman in a vegetative state gave birth on December 29, 2018, in a Hacienda facility, prompting a sexual assault investigation.

"The family is well aware of the intense news and public interest in their daughter's case, but at this time is not emotionally ready to make a public statement", Michealels said in a statement obtained by Fox 10 and 12 News Tuesday evening.

A Phoenix police spokesman said that "the matter is now under investigation" but declined to give any further details of the case. "When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers", Chairman Terry Rambler said in a statement.

Michaels also said the baby boy was born into a loving family, and will be well cared for.

Detectives also served a search warrant Tuesday to gather records relevant to the ongoing investigation, he said.

RAPE PROBE: Hacienda HealthCare has said it is cooperating with police (Pic: ABC 15) "Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her".

Local news website Azfamily.com first reported that the woman had been in a vegetative state for more than a decade after a near-drowning and that no workers were aware she was pregnant.

Police investigators have begun to gather DNA from men who work at an Arizona care facility where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth last month.

San Carlos Apache Police Chief Alejandro Benally says Phoenix police "will do all they can to find the perpetrator".

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Longtime CEO Bill Timmons resigned on Monday, a move backed by firm's board of directors, and the state's Department of Health Services said it would mandate the facility to operate under stronger guidelines for the time being.

The woman had been a patient at the Phoenix facility for years after nearly drowning, according to azfamily.com, which broke the story; police declined to provide NPR with details about their investigation.

Police have made no arrests so far and it remains unclear if they have identified any suspects yet in their investigation. "We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

According to agency documents, Hacienda HealthCare later corrected facility "deficiencies" that contributed to the incident.

The sudden birth of a baby boy to a woman who had spent the last 14 years in a deep coma has sparked a sex abuse investigation.

A spokesman for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) called the recent report "deeply troubling" in a statement to The Washington Post.

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

Hacienda almost lost its Medicare funding in December 2013 after Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) found at least one staff member was abusive to multiple patients while several staff members were deficient in reporting patient allegations of abuse by staff.

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