An attorney for the family of a woman who gave birth at a Phoenix nursing facility where she has remained in a vegetative state for almost a decade said that the baby boy was "born into a loving family and will be well cared for".
A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare says investigators served a search warrant Tuesday to obtain DNA samples from all male staffers.
A woman whose 22-year-old daughter is a patient at the facility said she refuses to leave her side until the investigation is conclusive. We were told it would be a violation of federal law in either instance.
"Hacienda stands committed to doing everything in our power to bring this police investigation to a quick conclusion".
Tribal Chairman Terry Rambler said in the release that he was "deeply shocked and horrified" by the incident.
Alejandro Benally, chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department, said that the matter is under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department and that his department would assist the department in any way possible.
The facility's CEO Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday, and the Phoenix Police Department has launched a criminal investigation. The patient has been in a vegetative state for 14 years, since a near-drowning incident, KPHO noted.
Phoenix police so far have declined comment.
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The Arizona facility is investigating what it calls a "deeply disturbing incident" that a local news outlet has said involved the sexual assault of a patient who has been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years. "I haven't been able to sleep well at night because of what occurred here", a mother, Angela Gomez, told CBS.
There is also "increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility". the health department said.
Staff at Hacienda HealthCare were not even aware of the fact that the woman was pregnant "until she was pretty much-giving birth", a source told KPHO.
Following the azfamily.com report, Hacienda Health Care and state officials issued brief statements about the situation, expressing concern and describing reviews being conducted and steps being taken.
Awake but immobile, and apparently unaware, her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care.
One of them includes not allowing male employees in rooms without a female supervisor.
The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to the website. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients.
A Hacienda HealthCare spokesman said the organisation was co-operating with authorities. "Most of the places are senior care", Cesena said.