DNA evidence from male staffers of care home sought after woman unconscious for 14 years gives birth
The latest development in the came as the victim's family said that they were "outraged, traumatized and in shock" at the abuse she had suffered at the facility.
Police officials in Arizona have begun taking DNA samples from male staff members at a healthcare facility in Phoenix, after a woman in a vegetative state for 14 years reportedly gave birth after being raped "multiple times". Reports state that the staff at Hacienda HealthCare had been giving the female patient round the clock care.
The latest development came as the victim's family said that they were "outraged, traumatized and in shock" at the abuse she had suffered at the facility.
Authorities opened a criminal inquiry into the case on Friday after it was revealed that the 29-year-old patient, who could not possibly have consented to sex, had gone into labor and given birth on December 29, 2018.
Hacienda HealthCare's CEO Bill Timmons rendered his resignation on Tuesday over the scandal as family members of the patients there questioned the safety at the chain of homes, according to the Sun.
The firm, on Tuesday night, revealed that police had served a warrant to DNA test employees at the particular branch in an effort to hunt the perpetrator. Genetic samples taken from the employees would prove who the father of the newborn is. It was not clear how many employees at the branch would be tested.
The firm had initially said that it has wanted to take DNA samples of its employees at first, before police officials intervened.
Hacienda released a statement, saying: "Hacienda stands committed to doing everything in our power to bring this police investigation to a quick conclusion. We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation."
Latest reports revealed that the victim in question is a member of the Apache native American tribe who “has been in a persistent vegetative state and coma for over a decade” after a near-drowning incident left her partially brain dead.
Family lawyer John Micheaels revealed that the newborn was a boy who "has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for."
"The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare," the lawyer added.
The chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe based on a reservation east of Phoenix, Terry Rambler, said that he was "deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members. It is my hope that justice will be served.”