Police have confirmed that they are testing the DNA of every male staff member at a long-term care facility after a woman who has been in a coma for years gave birth.
The horrific story has caused shock across the world. As a direct result, Bill Timmons, Chief Executive of Hacienda Healthcare center in Phoenix, Arizona, has resigned.
Azfamily.com was the first to report that the woman delivered a baby on 29 December. She has been in a vegetative state for many years after a near-drowning accident.
At this moment in time, it is not known whether staff members at the care facility were unaware of her pregnancy.
In a statement, board member Gary Orman said Hacienda “will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation,” adding: “We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees.”
Hacienda HealthCare said in a statement: “We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation.”
On Tuesday night, San Carlos Apache officials announced that the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of their tribe.
Tribal chairman Terry Rambler said in a statement: “On behalf of the tribe, I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members,
“When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers. Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her. It is my hope that justice will be served.”
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”, reports the Guardian.
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