US nursing home chief resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the

The CEO of a private health care facility in the USA has resigned following reports that a patient gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade. "And they didn't know what was wrong with her. ..." It is now under criminal investigation, as state investigators try to determine how the woman got pregnant. However, Spokeswoman Nancy Salmon of Hacienda Healthcare attempted to do damage control with the following statement.

"Everybody was up in shock", Karina Cesena, whose 22-year-old daughter, Jazzmyne, is a patient at the Hacienda Healthcare facility, told CBS News.

Phoenix police are now conducting a sexual assault investigation.

The New York Times and NBC News each reported that Phoenix police had opened an investigation into allegations involving the facility, but police would not discuss the details of the case or how long they had been looking into it.

"Hacienda HealthCare has been in business in Arizona for more than 50 years".

In a statement released to PEOPLE on Friday, Hacienda HealthCare spokesman David Leibowitz said the organisation, which runs the facility, was cooperating with authorities, but declined to divulge the exact nature of the underlying incident.

It is "already conducting a comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible". "Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company's leaders and the communities we serve", the statement continued.

No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, and it's unclear if police have identified any suspects.

The news has been described as "deeply troubling" by a representative for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Under his leadership, Hacienda added over three dozen programs to provide medical and therapeutic services for medically fragile infants, children and young adults as well as individuals who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. In 2013, a male employee was found to have made sexually explicit remarks to patients, though no physical or sexual abuse allegations were made and the employee was sacked.