Family Of Woman Raped While In Vegetative State Speaks Out

Clay Curtis
January 10, 2019

Thompson said the sexual assault investigation was launched that same day because the victim was in a vegetative state and was not in a position to give consent. "Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her".

"She could have been in active labor for a prolonged period of time, which could have resulted in adverse outcomes for mom and/or baby - for example, this could have resulted in infection, trauma or even death to the baby", Landry said.

"It is my hope that justice will be served", Rambler said.

Meanwhile, the unnamed woman's family have also expressed outrage at the "neglect of their daughter" - and added that they will now care for the child.

The relatives, who say they are not ready to come forward, asked for it to be conveyed publicly that the child has been "born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

The investigation began on or about January 4th as reported by Phoenix Fox 10, which reported the woman had been sexually assaulted by someone who allegedly cared for her at the facility, and that the staff was not even aware the woman was pregnant until she began moaning and the woman began giving birth.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt Tommy Thompson said it was not known whether anyone had declined to give a DNA sample.

"As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation", Hacienda Healthcare said in a statement obtained by KPHO-TV.

San Carlos Apache Police Chief Alejandro Benally said Phoenix police "will do all they can to find the perpetrator".

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Executive Vice President Gary Orman said in the statement that the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved".

The state's online complaint database for care facilities shows multiple complaints about the Hacienda center going back to 2013.

But one complaint from December 2013 alleges a staffer made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients two months earlier.

The incidents were not relayed to an administrator and the employee was later fired.

Hacienda CEO Bill Timmons stood down on Monday amid the deepening scandal.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's office has called the case "deeply troubling". They also have not indicated whether they are investigating people outside of the employees at the facility. "That's when he said, 'Why don't we try and get her to your home?'" King said.

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".

"I expect they will get answers from this case so I would say there would be a 100% resolution to this case".

"I can't believe someone receiving that level of constant care wasn't recognized as being pregnant prior to the time she delivered", Meyers told the AP.

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