Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth


Police in Arizona served a search warrant on Tuesday to collect DNA from male staffers at long-term care facility where a woman gave birth while in a vegetative state. "We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

Azfamily.com, a news website for television stations KPHO and KTVK, first broke the news Thursday that a woman gave birth on December 29 at the Hacienda HealthCare facility, where staff was unaware that she was pregnant.

The woman, being in a vegetative state, has no means of defending herself or even letting people know she was pregnant.

The woman had been a patient at the Phoenix facility for years after nearly drowning, according to azfamily.com, which broke the story; police declined to provide NPR with details about their investigation.

In a statement, tribal officials said the woman was still in a vegetative state when she gave birth.

Mr Timmons offered his resignation on Monday and it was unanimously accepted by the facility's board of directors.

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.

The birth triggered a police investigation and reviews by state agencies.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office released a statement saying the reports are "deeply troubling".

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"In a statement, board member Gary Orman said: "[We] will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

Cesana is working to move her daughter out of the facility, which serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities.

The woman had been raped multiple times while being cared for at the Arizona centre, reports AzFamily.com.

A lot of them involve fire drill and evacuation preparation or Medicaid eligibility. But one from December 2013 outlines an allegation that a staff member made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients. That employee was later fired.

Attorney John Micheaels, who confirmed to PEOPLE he has been retained by the women's devastated relatives, revealed the family is "outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare".

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

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said only that the "the matter is under investigation", but declined to elaborate. The Phoenix Police said they could not confirm the reports.

"We don't know who this person is yet. I stay in her room", Cesena told As It Happens host Carol Off. "I myself have come in a back way many times with no one noticing me", the caregiver said.