Police seek staff DNA over vegetative woman's baby

Police seek staff DNA over vegetative woman's baby

Police seek staff DNA over vegetative woman's baby

Phoenix attorney John Michaels said in a statement: "The family is obviously outraged, traumatised and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter as Hacienda Healthcare".

An attorney representing the woman's family told KPNX in a statement Tuesday that the family was not emotionally prepared to make a statement but that they "would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

Hacienda "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation", Gary Orman, the executive vide president of the Hacienda board, said in a separate statement Monday announcing the resignation of Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons.

Phoenix police are now investigating the case and have issued a warrant to check the DNA of Hacienda employees. Phoenix police so far not commented, the AP reported.

The female patient, who has not been identified, reportedly gave birth to a boy on 29 December.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona confirmed on Tuesday she is a member.

Tribe chairman Terry Rambler spoke on behalf of the tribe in saying he was "deeply shocked and horrified".

Hacienda HealthCare has said the woman was a patient at one of its facilities, and called it a "deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

After the birth emerged, the Arizona Department of Health Services said new safety measures have been implemented, including increased staff presence during any patient interaction, more monitoring of patient care areas and additional security measures involving visitors.

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At this point in the investigation, Kobojek said the forensic team already has the mother and baby boy's DNA, likely taken off cheek cells with a buccal swab. He says the woman and child are recovering but didn't release their conditions.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Sergeant Tommy Thompson said: "She was not in a position to give consent to any of this".

As reported by the Washington Post, Police are now seeking to obtain DNA samples from male staff members at the private facility, and that Hacienda Healthcare officials are cooperating.

The woman is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and has always been in a vegetative state, the tribe's chairman said Tuesday.

He would not confirm who the department is looking to get DNA from, but said authorities have obtained samples and were working to test them. "Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her".

It's unclear if facility staff members knew about the pregnancy until the birth.

"It is my hope that justice will be served", Rambler added. A majority of its patients are infants, children, teens and young adults.

Jon Meyers, executive director of The Arc of Arizona, an advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, called the allegations "disturbing, to put it mildly".

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