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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24 Replies to “Woman Who’s Been in a Coma for 14 Years Just Gave Birth. Police Are Looking for the Man Who Raped Her”

  • Gigi 2 years ago

    was it a girl or boy? how much did it weigh?
    How’s the mother doing now?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Who cares how much it weighs,the women was raped in a vegetable state coma

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Whose dna is it? Hang him high…

  • Cavid 2 years ago

    Find him, Try him and then castrate him and send him to prison!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    This is horrendous…. this is not the first time I have heard about an event such as this. These facilities are not to be trusted to ensure the safety of our loved ones. Surely we can do better for them. God bless this poor woman and her family… and this innocent child.

  • Melanie 2 years ago

    As a retired nurse of 28 years, I can’t imagine bathing my patient on a daily basis and not knowing her belly is not getting larger and seeing movement at one point. This was a rape and the perpetrator has to be found and sent to jail for a long time. It sickens me and this is why there needs to be cameras set up in every room where a patient is unable to communicate and have these cameras monitored at all times. We have cameras set up in rooms where we are observing seizure patients and we monitor patients on cardiac monitors, we monitor some pediatric patients so why not unresponsive patients? This isn’t the first time this has occurred and it will not be the last unless we push to have laws set in place to protect the ones who do not have a voice or cannot defend themselves.

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    • Carmen 2 years ago

      I completely agree with you Melanie well said. I pray the person responsible is caught and justice served swiftly.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    After reading all the horror stories about Child Protective Services of Arizona, I worry for the baby. If it is turned over to them, the child may end up a victim of abuse. Makes me wonder, who are these people?!! Also, this woman has been on life support for over a decade? Did you happen to read the article last week about a woman whose life support was removed, (she had been like that for a year?)they were going to let her die, but instead she woke up and asked for something to eat! Who are these people?!! Hope and pray to God that you or someone you love never ends up in the hands of medical or social services. Be on guard. This has become very dangerous.

  • Cara 2 years ago

    I can’t stand when articles leave out information that it seems obvious people would want to know. Where is the baby now? What did the victims family have to say about this, or does she not have any family?

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      It’s an active investigation and family was told to not make statements at this time until the investigation has been completed. This is horrific!

  • JEAN f CRAIG 2 years ago


    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      I am sure it was someone on staff, but you can’t rule out someone else’s visitor. You don’t know until the investigation is completed. My friend was a nurse who worked in a very good nursing home. A son in his fifties would visit his mother and take her for day long visits to his home. He then invited her roommate also who did not have any visitors and nursing home okayed this although the roommate had dementia. Upon one of her returns a nurse noted blood on her panties while getting her ready for bed. Here the son had been raping this woman on the visits to his home. How sick is that! He was arrested and was sent to jail for many years.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Great point!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Do NOT trust anyone! Be on guard and watch out for those who cannot!

  • BARBARA 2 years ago

    This is truly a tragedy. I’m confused by some dates It said she had been in a coma for 14 years and later it said she was in a near drowning incident 10 years ago. They are not really important, but you have to wonder how many facts are not correct here.

    • Aileen Gravina 2 years ago

      She has been in a coma for 14 years but in this facility for 10. It was not worded very well.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    How the fuck didn’t the staff or her family realized she was 9 months pregnant? I am assuming that her stomach was enormous by that point. did they not bathe or change her in 9 months?
    They need to test every male staff member. If it isn’t a staff member it would have to be a visitor or possibly even another patient.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Absolutely. My thoughts exactly. This nursing home facility would be shut down for sure. They were grossly negligent as well.

  • Loretta Newton 2 years ago

    Is the baby in state custody? This is a terrible situation for the women, her family , the baby who is innocent in all this. This will effect the baby for the rest of it’s life……….so sad.

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