Family Of Woman Raped While In Vegetative State Speaks Out

Blanche Robertson
January 12, 2019

For the first time since a patient in a vegetative state for more than a decade at an Arizona-based nursing facility gave birth on December 29, the Phoenix Police Department has revealed new details about what led to a sexual assault investigation.

Police spokesman Tommy Thompson said at a news conference Wednesday that investigators are gathering DNA from male workers at the facility and that a suspect has yet to be identified in the sexual assault.

The woman's mother, who is her legal guardian, submitted an annual report as required by state law that included results of a physical done April 16 at a Phoenix long-term care facility where the 29-year-old patient lives.

The search warrant to obtain DNA samples from the Hacienda HealthCare-owned facility was served on Tuesday, according to company spokesman David Leibowitz, the Associated Pressreported.

Thompson confirmed the baby and his mother have been recovering in an area hospital following the birth.

A lawyer for the woman's family said the infant "has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for", according to the New York Times.

Hacienda HealthCare, who run the facility where the woman was attacked backed the development, saying: 'As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation'.

Sex abuse investigation underway after a patient in vegetative state for almost a decade gives birth.

Hacienda HealthCare said they accepted DNA testing of its employees and will cooperate with officials.

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The 29-year-old woman has been in a persistent vegetative state since nearly drowning over a decade ago, and can not move or communicate. "But things like this don't happen without someone either knowing about it or should have known about it", Solomon said.

[Redacted], 29 years old, is a patient at the Hacienda Del Sol in Phoenix, and has been in a persistent vegetative state and coma for over a decade.

Phoenix police have said little about the investigation, and did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

A lawyer for the woman's family said they were outraged at the "neglect of their daughter".

Hacienda's CEO Bill Timmons stepped down earlier this week. It is my hope that justice will be served'.

While factors remain unknown, such as how far along she was, someone who is fed the same amount from a tube every day might not show any dramatic changes, like a swollen belly, said Dr. C. Kevin Huls, a clinical assistant professor and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship director at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

Chairman Terry Rambler said, "On behalf of the Tribe, I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members".

Founded as Hacienda de Los Angeles in 1967, Hacienda HealthCare describes itself on its website as "the leading provider of specialized medical care and social services for Arizona's infants, children and young adults who are medically fragile or chronically ill, including those with developmental disabilities".

Advocates for people with disabilities say Arizona needs to find a way to monitor allegations of sexual abuse and sexual violence in group settings. They also have not indicated whether they are investigating people outside of the employees at the facility.

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