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A nursing home in Arizona made headlines in December when a woman with cognitive impairments there gave birth and in January when a nurse was arrested on suspicion of raping her after a DNA test determined he was the baby's father. Among the most shocking revelations in the court documents that INSIDER reviewed is the possibility that the year-old woman may have been pregnant before. Born in April , the woman spent the first years of her life on the San Carlos Apache Reservation with her parents and many siblings, the claim said. When she was about 2 months old, she developed seizures and was eventually diagnosed with idiopathic encephalopathy with psychomotor retardation and cortical blindness, it said. By the time she was 3, doctors recommended that her parents move her to an inpatient facility for care.

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She delivered a boy at the facility in late December, shocking her caregivers, who said they had no idea she was pregnant. She has since left the facility in Phoenix. Authorities obtained DNA samples from male staff members and arrested licensed practical nurse Nathan Sutherland, 36, who was caring for the woman.

He was charged with sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse, and has pleaded not guilty. In the notice of claim filed before litigation for settlement discussion, the family made a series of allegations against the state and the health care facility where the now year-old woman lived.

Doctors who cared for Arizona sexual assault victim no longer treating patients there. The Maricopa County Medical Center examined the woman after she gave birth and concluded she'd been "violated repeatedly," the documents allege. Her giving birth was likely a "repeat parous event," which means she may have been pregnant before, the documents say. From the claim, it's unclear whether she carried the previous pregnancy her family believes she had to term.

It said the woman suffered multiple sexual assaults that caused her permanent physical and emotional pain, and caused her parents significant emotional distress.

The woman has intellectual disabilities as a result of childhood seizures, and is bedridden and nonverbal. But she can move some of her extremities, respond to sound and make facial gestures, according to her family.

Her parents had previously requested that she be cared for by female employees and was assured that would happen, but it did not, the documents allege. Instead, unsupervised male caretakers, including the suspect, were allowed to go into her room, the documents say. The documents accuse the state of being "vicariously liable for the negligence, gross negligence and medical negligence" at Hacienda.

The documents also say there are claims of negligence, gross negligence and "negligence per se" in addition to the vicarious liability. The first two claims arise from the state's "placement of the victim "at Hacienda and subsequent failure to exercise reasonable oversight" regarding her care, the documents allege.

CNN has reached out to the Arizona Attorney General's office for comment, but has not received a response. A spokesman for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said his office is reviewing the notice of claim. After the sexual assault allegations were revealed this year, the facility said it was making changes to ensure the safety of its patients. Among the improvements at the facility are "enhanced security," new security cameras and officers, and retraining for staff members on abuse and neglect protocols.

Woman allegedly showed signs of pregnancy. Before the patient delivered her baby, there were 83 missed opportunities to diagnose the pregnancy, according to the documents. Ex-prosecutor tapped to review how woman in vegetative state gave birth. The day she gave birth, she was "undergoing a workup for possible GI illnesses such as diverticulitis," according to the documents. An hour later, she returned to the room and lifted the sheets, and found that the baby's head had delivered," the documents say.

Her caretakers failed to detect her pregnancy despite signs such as missed periods, a "mass" in her abdomen, growing weight and swollen legs. As a result, she went through her pregnancy without any proper care and in a state of malnutrition, the documents allege.

Hacienda HealthCare sexual abuse case

Two people claiming to be former employees of Hacienda Healthcare have spoken out to detail what the nursing home and its parent company are like after a patient's surprise pregnancy and birth sparked a sexual assault investigation. Phoenix, Arizona police have launched an investigation after the unnamed patient, described by Arizona's Family as a year-old Native American woman, gave birth to a baby boy on December The birth was a shock since the patient has significant intellectual disabilities. On Monday, a person claiming to have been one of the patient's primary caregivers for many years sat down for an interview with ABC 15 , saying there's no way the woman could have given consent.

Nathan Sutherland, a nurse at the Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare long-term care facility, is accused of sexually assaulting the woman. A court filing by the family of a woman who gave birth while in a long-term vegetative condition in an Arizona nursing facility states that according to doctors who examined her, the woman had likely been pregnant before.

Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix has said that they will continue to work with law enforcement. Update: Nathan Sutherland, a year-old nurse at the Hacienda HealthCare facility has been arrested and charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, according to the Associated Press. The CEO of a Phoenix, Arizona, health facility has resigned amid a police investigation into the rape and subsequent pregnancy of a female patient who has been a vegetative state for more than a decade. According to KPHO-TV, which broke the story, the unidentified year-old patient had been raped several times , and the staff had no idea she was pregnant until she went into labor and gave birth to a healthy baby boy on December 29th. Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.

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Workers at the facility were shocked when the non-verbal patient, who has been severely disabled and in an incapacitated state from the age of three, went into labour and gave birth to a baby boy last December. According to the legal papers, obtained by Sun Online, doctors who examined her following the birth concluded that the baby "was obviously a result of a non-consensual sexual assault". They also discovered a series of old injuries that suggesting a history of sexual assault or trauma "prior to this delivery". Shockingly, medical records also showed that this may not have been the first time the victim had been pregnant, stating an examination suggested "repeat coitus has occurred and likely this is a repeat parous event". The victim's nurse Nathan Sutherland was arrested and charged with sexual assault earlier this year - after DNA tests showed he was the father of the woman's baby. According to the legal claim, the victim's mother had asked back in that her daughter was cared for only by female staff, but her request was ignored. Her alleged rapist Sutherland had actually provided care for her over 1, times, including more than times overnight, the document states.

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We need someone now! We were not prepared for it. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said. Thompson said that detectives had obtained buccal swabs — which are used to obtain DNA — from a number of individuals, but cautioned that it would likely take some time to identify the rapist.

Late last December, a nurse at Hacienda HealthCare in Arizona panicked and called as a patient unexpectedly gave birth.

The Hacienda HealthCare sexual abuse case was a high-profile sexual abuse case involving a disabled woman in a persistent vegetative state who was allegedly raped many times and impregnated by a male nurse at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix, Arizona , United States. Although the investigation took place in , the sexual abuse was long-term, and may have had gone unnoticed for years. Other well-known pregnancies involving sexually abused vegetative and comatose female patients have also been reported in New York in , Massachusetts in , and Argentina in The woman, originally from the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation , has been in a persistent vegetative state since at the age of 3.

Nurse accused of impregnating patient in Arizona care home pleads not guilty

CNN A disabled woman who gave birth at an Arizona long-term care facility had been raped repeatedly, and had likely been pregnant before, new documents allege. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos

An Arizona nurse pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to raping a severely disabled woman, a crime that came to light when the victim unexpectedly gave birth in the long-term care facility where she was a patient. Sutherland , a licensed practical nurse who began working at Hacienda HealthCare Skilled Nursing Facility in Phoenix in , faces one count each of sexual assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult. Police arrested him after investigators linked him to the case through DNA evidence after the woman, who is in her 20s, went into labour on Dec. The woman, who has been disabled since very early childhood as a result of seizures, has spent most of her life in the nursing facility. Although she was initially described by authorities as comatose, her parents have said that she is capable of responding to sound and making facial gestures, and has some ability to move her limbs, head and neck. Hacienda employees were not aware that the woman was pregnant before she went into labour, police say, and were first alerted to the case when the baby was born.

Data Protection Choices

The police collected the DNA of male employees of a private nursing home in Arizona this week as they broadened the investigation into allegations that a woman in a vegetative state there who gave birth to a child last month had been sexually assaulted. Tommy Thompson, a police spokesman, said at a news conference. The moves represented an escalation in the case, which on Monday prompted the resignation of the longtime chief executive of Hacienda HealthCare, the parent company of the nursing home. The police announced Friday that they had opened the investigation into the alleged assault. David Leibowitz, a spokesman for Hacienda Healthcare, said Tuesday that it welcomed the action by the police and had considered conducting voluntary genetic testing of its staff before company lawyers said that doing so would be illegal.

Jan 9, - After a woman in a vegetative state gave birth at a private nursing home, the authorities took genetic samples from the male staff members.


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