Police are investigating the rape of a patient at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix after a woman in vegetative state stunned nurses when she unexpectedly welcomed a healthy baby boy.
According to a report obtained by KPHO, the alleged victim, who has been in a coma for 14 years, recently gave birth on December 29 after she was sexually assaulted in the spring or summer.
At the time of the incident, the unidentified patient was living in the Arizona nursing facility after she had suffered from a near-drowning incident nearly a decade ago.
A source familiar with the situation told the station that nursing staff didn’t realize she was in labor until someone heard moaning.
The employee said:
“None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth.
She was moaning, and they didn’t know what was wrong with her. There was a nurse that was there, and from what I heard, she’s the one that delivered the baby.”
No suspect has been identified in the attack.
The source said the woman wouldn’t have been able to defend herself in the situation. Therefore the incident prompted a change in the facility’s protocol. According to the employee:
“[She was] not even able to communicate the fact that she was pregnant.
I was told that as of now if a male staff needs to enter a female room, they need to bring in a female employee with them.”
Phoenix police are investigating the facility for possible sex abuse.
Hacienda issued a statement to the station and said for over 50 years the company “has an outstanding reputation providing high-quality specialized care for our patients.”
The healthcare provider failed to comment on the investigation and patient due to privacy laws but stated:
Our patients and clients health and safety is our #1 priority and that we always cooperate, when asked by any agency, in an open and transparent way.
The Arizona Adult Protective Services and the Arizona Department of Health are working with local law enforcement to conduct regular health and safety checks on those living at the facility.
In a recent report, CNN found more than 1,000 cases of suspected sexual abuse in nursing homes.
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