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Rape Probe After Woman In Coma For 14 Years Gives Birth

Rape Probe After Woman In Coma For 14 Years Gives Birth

The woman, who is in a vegetative state, went into labour and gave birth to a baby boy last month at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix Police spokesman Tommy Thompson speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Phoenix, about the investigation of a woman at a long-term care facility who gave birth.

Investigators launched their case after learning a 29-year-old woman gave birth to a son on December 29, despite having been in a vegetative state for 14 years following a near-drowning accident.

Police are seeking DNA samples from all male staffers at the facility in a push to identify the father of the baby boy, according to a Tuesday statement from Hacienda Healthcare obtained by PEOPLE.

The mother and baby are "recovering" after being taken to a local hospital soon after the Dec 29 birth, according to police.

The relatives, who say they are not ready to come forward, asked for it to be conveyed publicly that the child has been "born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

Sex abuse investigation underway after a patient in vegetative state for almost a decade gives birth.

A welcome development, according to a statement from Hacienda Healthcare, "We had consulted attorneys to determine whether it would be legal for our company to compel our employees to undergo DNA testing conducted through Hacienda or for Hacienda to conduct voluntary genetic testing of staffers".

Officials say they are committed to cooperating with the police to "uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

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The sheriff would not say what kind of aircraft was involved, other than that it was a civilian craft. Local TV stations showed one of the helicopter's main rotors badly splintered after the impact.

Medical experts have said it is possible the 29-year-old woman displayed no outward signs which workers who cared for her every day would have noticed. Nobody relayed the incidents to an administrator.

A spokesman for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey over the weekend called the reports "deeply troubling" and said the state was re-evaluating its contract and regulatory authority over Hacienda.

Phoenix police so far not commented, the AP reported.

The woman's baby also did not appear to be breathing when police were called into the facility. Thompson said off-duty officers have been providing extra security "to protect anybody who's there".

The CEO of Hacienda HealthCare Bill Timmons resigned on Monday, the centre confirmed in a statement.

"There's a lot of information we do not have". Investigators are collected DNA from the facility's male employees and anyone else who may have had contact with her.

"I think when you've had somebody who's had multiple allegations from different parties, there has to be some way to track that", McFadden said.

"We don't have a systematic way to train people what's a good touch or a bad touch". The onset of labor doesn't require a mom knowing she's going through it, says Dr. Greves. "We really need a lot of work in this area". "But I can't believe someone receiving that level of constant care wasn't recognized as being pregnant prior to the time she delivered".