Comatose Arizona woman who had baby is hospitalized, police say

  • Comatose Arizona woman who had baby is hospitalized, police say

Comatose Arizona woman who had baby is hospitalized, police say

Hacienda HealthCare, the company that owns the facility, said Tuesday that it welcomed the DNA testing of employees.

The San Carlos Apache Tribesaid in a statement to NBC affiliate KPNX of Phoenix that the woman is a 29-year-old member of the tribe, and that she has been in a persistent vegetative state and coma for over a decade.

Officials from the San Carlos Apache tribe announced on Tuesday night that the woman was a member of their community and confirmed she was still in a vegetative state when she gave birth.

Anyone can contact the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or to remain anonymous, Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.

KPHO-TV notes threats have been made against the facility. But she has been in a vegetative state since she suffered a near-drowning more than 14 years ago.

The company's chief executive officer, Bill Timmons, resigned Monday.

"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers", Rambler said in the statement.

Phoenix police obtained search warrants for the samples, Hacienda HealthCare confirmed Tuesday.

"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.

The woman went into labor a few days before New Year's, perplexing her caretakers. We were told it would be a violation of federal law in either instance.

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

Hacienda has said it will "do everything in [its] power to bring this police investigation to a quick conclusion".

Hacienda Healthcare did not respond to's request for comment on the alleged incident.

"We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation", the company said.

Founded as Hacienda de Los Angeles in 1967, Hacienda HealthCare describes itself on its website as "the leading provider of specialized medical care and social services for Arizona's infants, children and young adults who are medically fragile or chronically ill, including those with developmental disabilities".

A source familiar with the situation also told Arizona Family the facility has adjusted its policy on male employees and female patients.

"They have now monitors in the hallways checking everybody's rooms making sure there's somebody that shouldn't be in the room shouldn't be in there, now they're giving out badges", said Angela Gomez, whose son who suffers from muscular dystrophy occupies one of the 58 beds at the facility.

The investigation began on or about January 4th as reported by Phoenix Fox 10, which reported the woman had been sexually assaulted by someone who allegedly cared for her at the facility, and that the staff was not even aware the woman was pregnant until she began moaning and the woman began giving birth.

He would not confirm who the department is looking to get DNA from, but said authorities have obtained samples and were working to test them.

"I can't believe that somebody would bathe her daily for nine months and never know that she wasn't having a period, that she [was] growing in her midsection, that nurses weren't keeping track" of her weight, said the caregiver, whose identity was kept private by the station.