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Police investigates sexual assault as woman in coma gives birth

Police investigates sexual assault as woman in coma gives birth”

"The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare", attorney John Micheaels said in a statement 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", he said. The group's CEO, Bill Timmons, resigned on Mondayin the wake of reports on the case.

Detectives also served a search warrant Tuesday to gather records relevant to the ongoing investigation, he said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141.

"The baby was born having issues, that was the nature of the call, that's what started this on the 29th of December", Thompson told reporters of how their investigation began.

San Carlos Apache officials announced Tuesday night that the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of the tribe, whose reservation is in southeastern Arizona about 215 kilometres east of Phoenix.

"I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members", Tribe Chairman Terry Rambler said.

"We will continue to co-operate with Phoenix police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation", it said in a statement.

"She was not in a position to give consent to any of this. None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much, giving birth".

"She could have been in active labor for a prolonged period of time, which could have resulted in adverse outcomes for mom and/or baby - for example, this could have resulted in infection, trauma or even death to the baby", Landry said. However, both mother and child are now recovering in hospital, according to BBC News.

They issued the statement a day after the company's CEO Bill Timmons resigned amid growing outrage over the attack on the unidentified woman, who has been in a vegetative state since nearly drowning as a teenager 14 years ago.

In the announcement, the company confirmed that Phoenix police had served a search warrant "to obtain DNA from male Hacienda HealthCare staffers".

Hacienda HealthCare has said it is cooperating fully with police.

'Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.

And he added staff could face charges if it emerges they did know about the pregnancy and failed to act. A majority of its patients are infants, children, teens and young adults. Gary Orman, executive vice president, said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

Let's hope the authorities catch the perpetrator so that justice can be served.

"I can't believe someone receiving that level of constant care wasn't recognized as being pregnant prior to the time she delivered", Meyers told the AP.



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