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Phoenix police seek workers' DNA after woman in coma gives birth

Phoenix police seek workers' DNA after woman in coma gives birth

The woman, who's been identified as a 29-year-old Native American by news network NTD, was in a vegetative state for 14 years before giving birth at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Arizona.

Detectives also served a search warrant Tuesday to gather records relevant to the ongoing investigation, he said.

The woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy on December 29, local news outlet KPHO-TV reported last week. The Phoenix Police Department did not respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

The CEO of a private health care facility in Phoenix has resigned following reports that a patient gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade. According to the local station's unidentified source, the facility staff had no idea the patient was pregnant until she began moaning as she went into labor.

The birth has triggered a police investigation and reviews by state agencies.

A spokesman for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) called the recent report "deeply troubling" in a statement to The Washington Post.

Alejandro Benally, chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department, said that the matter is under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department and that his department would assist the department in any way possible.

In a statement, board member Gary Orman said Hacienda "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

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But Cesena says neither she nor the other parents' families have been given any details about what those extra security procedures are. Most involve fire drill and evacuation preparation or Medicaid eligibility. But one complaint from December 2013 outlines an allegation that a staff member made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients two months earlier. The employee was sacked.

"The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare", said John Micheaels, who represents the family of the woman, according to the New York Times.

Richardson says even if police need to keep parts of the investigation confidential, they should tell the public that.

"Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents". In addition, officials said they have consulted attorneys to determine whether it would be legal for the company to compel its employees to undergo DNA testing through Hacienda, or for the company to conduct voluntary genetic testing of staffers.

"And we knew not to mess with that temper because people got fired".

The source said the facility has changed protocol this week. "We will continue to work to ensure the safety of all our members".

Jon Meyers, executive director of The Arc of Arizona, an advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, called the allegations "disturbing, to put it mildly". "I haven't been able to sleep well at night because of what occurred here", a mother, Angela Gomez, told CBS.

"I wasn't there", Meyers said.


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