Healthcare boss resigns after coma patient gives birth

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Phoenix police are now conducting a sexual assault investigation. Then one day, hospital workers noticed one day that there was something wrong with her.

Melissa Blasius-Nuanez with the Arizona Department of Health Services said in a statement that the agency is aware of the situation and is working with law enforcement in its criminal investigation.

The Phoenix Police Department declined a request to comment.

Detectives have asked men at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix to give buccal swabs, Thompson said.

CNN affiliate KPHO/KTVK has reported the woman has been in a vegetative state for 14 years, quoting a source familiar with the situation.

"The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for", Phoenix attorney John Micheaels said in a statement.

Officials from the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona say the woman is a member of their tribe and confirmed she "has been in a persistent vegetative state and coma for over a decade", according to a statement obtained by local TV station 12News.

Hacienda HealthCare is a private company with 40 programs serving 4,500 patients a year, the majority of whom are children and young adults.

According to AZ Family, the woman has been a patient at the Hacienda Healthcare facility in Phoenix since nearly drowning 14 years ago has left her in an unresponsive state.

"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers", he said Tuesday.

Alejandro Benally, chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department, said that the matter is under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department and that his department would assist the department in any way possible.

"None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth", a source told news outlet AZ Family.

Police are also investigating potential sexual abuse after she gave birth on December 29, The New York Times reported. "I haven't been able to sleep well at night because of what occurred here", a mother, Angela Gomez, told CBS.

Patient requires 24-hour care, indicating that facility's staff would have access to her room.

The organization cares for more than 2,500 across all of its facilities.

Hacienda almost lost its Medicare funding in December 2013 after Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) found at least one staff member was abusive to multiple patients while several staff members were deficient in reporting patient allegations of abuse by staff.

"I think when you've had somebody who's had multiple allegations from different parties, there has to be some way to track that", McFadden said.

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