On December 29, 2018, a female patient who is under the care and supervision of a Phoenix-based healthcare facility Hacienda HealthCare gave birth.
According to local reports, investigators are hoping to get DNA samples from staff, and are looking into the possibility that the victim, described by CBS affiliate Arizona's Family as a 29-year-old Native American woman, was assaulted repeatedly. The Phoenix Police Department is the law enforcement agency leading the criminal investigation, and we continue to coordinate with them to ensure the integrity of their investigation and bring about justice.
A woman in a vegetative state gave birth on December 29, 2018, in a Hacienda facility, prompting a sexual assault investigation.
A near-drowning had left the woman in a persistent vegetative state for almost a decade.
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Healthcare staff were unaware she was pregnant until she was already giving birth - noticing when she started "moaning".
San Carlos Apache Police Chief Alejandro Benally said Phoenix police "will do all they can to find the perpetrator" and his department will assist "in any way possible".
Hacienda board executive vice president Gary Orman said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".
Cesana is working to move her daughter out of the facility, which serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities.
The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare.
In one case, the Arizona Department of Health Services cited the company in 2017 for an incident in which a certified nursing assistant walked in on a male patient while he was showering. "During this time, the agency has required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility including increased staff presence during patient interactions, increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility".
It would be the police who would lead DNA testing to figure out who fathered the baby, Solomon said.
"Our nation is very much in denial about how widespread the problem of sexual abuse is - especially when you have a population that does not fit the mainstream criteria as a sexual being", Kristen Houser, spokesperson for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, told Vox.
"From what I know the baby is alive, and the baby is healthy", she said. Her identity has not been reported and it is not known if she has a family or a guardian.