A 29-year-old woman in Phoenix, Arizona, who had been in a vegetative state for more than 14 years suddenly gave birth to a boy last month.
Police on Tuesday served a search warrant to obtain DNA samples from all employees at the woman’s care facility.
They are investigating a potential sexual assault. All indicators so far point to the birth being the result of rape or sexual assault.
The woman’s family said they are outraged, but that the baby boy would be “well cared for.”
Police served a search warrant to obtain DNA samples from all male employees at a care facility in Phoenix, Arizona, after a female patient who had been in a vegetative state for more than 14 years suddenly gave birth last month, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
The warrant is part of a sexual assault inquiry after a 29-year-old Native American woman at Hacienda HealthCare gave birth to a boy on December 29.
Hacienda HealthCare told the AP in a statement: “We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation.”
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The woman, who has not been named, was admitted to the facility after a near-drowning. She is a member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, whose reservation is 134 miles east of Phoenix, the AP said.
All indicators so far point to the birth being the result of rape or sexual assault.
A woman, claiming to be a former caregiver at Hacienda HealthCare, said on Monday that the staff at the facility are pretty much the only human contact the patient has, as her family only visits once every few months.
It’s not clear whether staff …read more
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