The attorney for the nurse whose DNA was matched with the baby of an incapacitated woman at a long-term health-care facility says there is still no proof his client raped the victim.
Governor Doug Ducey posted a thread of tweets slamming Hacienda HealthCare, the company that employed licensed practical nurse Nathan Sutherland and which runs the facility where the woman was being cared for. He is expected to be charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse.
Police say DNA tests from employees reportedly helped police find a match between Sutherland and the baby.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams announces the arrest of Nathan Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse, on one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse on an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month at a long-term health care facility in Phoenix, Sutherland, on January 23, 2019.
Sutherland's former co-worker Eleanora Riggers, who worked for Hacienda for 11 years, told ABC15 in Phoenix that she was shocked.
Scripps station KNXV in Phoenix obtained Sutherland's full file from the Arizona State Board of Nursing.More news: Extreme cold warning in effect for Wawa and area
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CNN reached out to Hacienda officials for comment Friday but has received no response.
Also in 2011, Sutherland completed his licensed practical nurse training at the for-profit Fortis College in Phoenix, AZ Central reported. "We owed this arrest to the newest member of our community - that innocent baby", Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said. He was sacked from the healthcare facility, Hacienda Healthcare, after his arrest.
Earlier stories had described the patient as being comatose or in a vegetative state.
In the interview, Sutherland and his sister, who were ultimately adopted, said they had released one album and were working on another. A family spokesman said the victim can "respond to sound, make facial gestures and had some ability to move her limbs, head and neck". Together with his wife, Sutherland ran a catering company that specialized in weddings and business events.
"Stop allowing.your situation to dictate who you are in life", Sutherland said, according to the New York Daily News. "Even though it's an orphanage, you'll be blessed if you have one cup or bowl of rice a day". Despite this, Sutherland and his sister formed their rap duo in 2003.
"He really fooled me, I suppose you can say, because I had nothing but a good opinion of him". He also mentioned that he liked his job as a nurse.
A former neighbor, Esella Burr, said she lived next to Sutherland, his wife and four children for more than five years.