CEO of disgraced Arizona care facility resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

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It has been learned that a woman in a vegetative state at a Phoenix-area nursing facility was sexually assaulted after giving birth to a baby boy on Saturday.

The woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy on December 29, local news outlet KPHO-TV reported last week.

Cops have served a search warrant to obtain samples from every male employee at Hacienda HealthCare in the US.

"As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation", the company stated in the release, reported the Arizona Republic.

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

An attorney for the family of the vegetative woman said on Tuesday that the baby boy is healthy but it's not clear who now has custody of the child, reported KPHO.

It has been revealed the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, whose reservation is in south-eastern Arizona.

A Hacienda board member says the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

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Police are also investigating potential sexual abuse after she gave birth on December 29, The New York Times reported.

According to agency documents, Hacienda HealthCare later corrected facility "deficiencies" that contributed to the incident. Employees did not know that the patient was pregnant.

According to a statement from the company, Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare's longtime CEO, terminated his employment immediately upon news that a possible staffer impregnated the woman. "Timmons' resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors".

Hacienda almost lost its Medicare funding in December 2013 after Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) found at least one staff member was abusive to multiple patients while several staff members were deficient in reporting patient allegations of abuse by staff.

In the statement, the lawyer, identified as John Michaels, said the family is "outraged, traumatized, and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare".

The woman had been raped multiple times while being cared for at the Arizona centre, reports AzFamily.com. "Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents".

"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, the person said.

Tribal officials confirmed the woman was still in a coma when she gave birth.

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