According to the facility, Tuesday Phoenix police investigators served a search warrant to obtain DNA from male Hacienda HealthCare staffers. The woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy on December 29, local news outlet KPHO-TV reported last week.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson said only that the "the matter is under investigation", but declined to elaborate.
A lawyer representing the family of a female patient at Hacienda Healthcare who gave birth while in a vegetative state has issued a statement Tuesday night. A high-ranking executive in the company said that they would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization".
[Redacted], 29 years old, is a patient at the Hacienda Del Sol in Phoenix, and has been in a persistent vegetative state and coma for over a decade.
Gov. Doug Ducey's office said Ducey was briefed on the "deeply troubling" reports as soon as the office learned of them and that state agencies "immediately began taking every measure to protect patient safety". "SCAPD will assist the Phoenix Police Department in any way possible".
On its website, Hacienda HealthCare says it provides care for "medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities".
The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS), which licenses the facility, said they were aware of the alleged incident and were "actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation".
Hacienda HealthCare specializes in programs such as pediatric care, long term-intermediate care, in-home care & services, residential respite, and autism programs.
On Monday, a person claiming to have been one of the patient's primary caregivers for many years sat down for an interview with ABC 15, saying there's no way the woman could have given consent. Most involve fire drill and evacuation preparation or Medicaid eligibility. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients. The employee was sacked.
"The council recently formed a task force to look at how to improve training for health care workers when it comes to identifying and reporting sexual abuse". I can't believe someone would bathe her daily for nine months, never know she wasn't having her period, she wasn't growing in her mid-section.
"I wasn't there. I clearly don't have firsthand knowledge of what happened", Meyers said. "We also don't have required training for providers", McFadden said.