Arizona police collect DNA at nursing home where comatose woman gave birth

Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

Last week, Arizona's Family broke the news that the unidentified woman, who had been in an unresponsive state after a near-drowning, gave birth on December 29, her pregnancy unaware to Hacienda staff.

The woman who gave birth at a Phoenix health care facility recently despite being in a vegetative state was identified Tuesday as a 29-year-old member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Staff at Hacienda HealthCare were not even aware of the fact that the woman was pregnant "until she was pretty much-giving birth", a source told KPHO.

Police are now investigating the case as a potential sexual assault with an anonymous source telling the outlet that staff at the facility did not know the woman was pregnant.

"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.

Micheaels says the boy was born into a loving family and will be well cared for.

"Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her".

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

She has been in an unresponsive vegetative state - which means a person is awake but shows no signs of awareness - for 14 years after a near-drowning incident left her partially brain dead.

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Every male employee at a private care facility where a patient in a vegetative state gave birth last month is being DNA tested.

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At this time, the patient's pregnancy remains under investigation.

A week after the victim gave birth, Phoenix police have still released next to nothing about the investigation.

"To that end, we are re-evaluating the state's contract and regulatory authority as it relates to this facility and have been working closely with state agencies to ensure all necessary safety measures are in place".

Gov. Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".

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

"During this time, the agency has required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility, including increased staff presence during patient interactions; increased monitoring of the patient care areas; and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility", Arizona Department of Health Services spokesperson Melissa Blasius-Nuanez told Refinery29.com Friday.

Karina Cesena told a Phoenix news outlet, "I do not [know if my daughter was victimised], but I do ask her, and she can answer yes or no".

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