Police investigate after U.S. woman in coma gives birth at nursing home

Police seek staff DNA over vegetative woman's baby

They issued the statement a day after the company's CEO Bill Timmons resigned amid growing outrage over the attack on the unidentified woman, who has been in a vegetative state since nearly drowning as a teenager 14 years ago.

Meanwhile, the woman's family has expressed outrage over the incident, stating they were traumatised by the alleged abuse and neglect that took place at a facility where she was supposed to be cared for.

"She was not in a position to give consent to any of this", police spokesman Tommy Thompson said.

The woman went into labor a few days before New Year's, perplexing her caretakers.

At this point in the investigation, Kobojek said the forensic team already has the mother and baby boy's DNA, likely taken off cheek cells with a buccal swab.

"It is my hope that justice will be served", Rambler added.

This story has been updated to clarify the woman's medical condition.

"The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for", Phoenix attorney John Micheaels said in a statement.

In a statement obtained Tuesday by 12 News in Phoenix, the San Carlos Apache Tribe confirmed that the woman is "an enrolled member of the Tribe" and has been in "a persistent vegetative state and coma" for years and gave birth "while still in a coma".

A statement from Hacienda HealthCare Tuesday said the company welcomed the move to investigate what it called "this deeply disturbing but unprecedented situation".

Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department said officers responded on December 29 to a call of an infant who had been delivered at a long-term care facility in the area of 16th Street and South Mountain Avenue.

Police served a search warrant on Tuesday to get DNA from the male employees at the long-term care facility in Phoenix.

Decrypting DNA is now the focus of the Phoenix Police Department as they work to identify the person who impregnated a comatose woman at a Valley nursing home.

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".

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to its website.

Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday, and board member Gary Orman said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's office has called the case "deeply troubling". It has multiple complaints going back to 2013, most for emergency preparation or Medicaid eligibility, according to the state's online complaint database for care facilities. That employee was later fired.

"I expect they will get answers from this case so I would say there would be a 100% resolution to this case".



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