Sex abuse probe launched after Arizona woman gives birth in coma

Woman in vegetative state for decade reportedly gives birth

Woman in vegetative state for decade reportedly gives birth

An attorney for the family of a woman who gave birth at a Phoenix nursing facility where she has remained in a vegetative state for almost a decade said that the baby boy was "born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

Hacienda HealthCare says investigators served a warrant Tuesday, asking for DNA samples from male employees.

In a statement, the company said: "We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

She gave birth in late December even though she's been comatose at a healthcare facility for more than a decade.

The outlet also reported that the patient has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade after almost drowning.

Longtime CEO Bill Timmons resigned on Monday, a move backed by firm's board of directors, and the state's Department of Health Services said it would mandate the facility to operate under stronger guidelines for the time being.

Since the news of the incident broke, parents of patients at the Phoenix-based health care facility have come forward, expressing their concerns.

Staff at the private health facility were not aware that she was pregnant and were initially surprised when she began moaning during the beginning of her labour, according to Reuters.

Social media was flooded with outrage over why police will not call the investigation of a woman in a vegetative state being impregnated, then giving birth a sex crime.

Governor Doug Ducey's office issued a statement Friday afternoon, almost 24 hours after Arizona's Family first broke the story.

Alejandro Benally, Chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department said, "At this point, this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department".

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to its website. But one from December 2013 outlines an allegation that a staff member made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients.

CNN is not reporting the woman's name because she is the victim of sexual abuse. The employee was sacked.

When asked about the warrant, a police spokesman said only that the investigation was ongoing.

"Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents".

When she heard that the woman had given birth, the caregiver said she cried because she knew that the woman could not defend herself or identify her assailant. The incident is being investigated as a sexual assault.

"We're not going to point out who we've obtained DNA from or who we intend to get DNA from", he said. "We really need a lot of work in this area".

"I can't think of a legitimate reason not to call it what it is", he said.

"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.