Phoenix police seek workers' DNA after woman in coma gives birth

Laverne Higgins
January 12, 2019

Azfamily.com on Thursday reported that the woman was left in a vegetative state after a near-drowning more than 10 years ago.

A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare said investigators served a search warrant Tuesday to obtain DNA samples from all male staffers.

A police investigation is under way, while inspectors from Arizona's department of health services have checked on patients and implemented "heightened safety measures".

A Hacienda spokesperson said the facility was assisting with law enforcement and regulatory agencies on the "unprecedented matter" as well as reviewing its own "processes, protocols, and people".

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

It has been revealed the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, whose reservation is in south-eastern Arizona.

Gary Orman, executive vice president of Hacienda HealthCare, said the company would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

Police have declined to comment on the investigation.

Hacienda HealthCare is a private company with 40 programs serving 4,500 patients a year, the majority of whom are children and young adults.

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According to a statement from the company, Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare's longtime CEO, terminated his employment immediately upon news that a possible staffer impregnated the woman.

His resignation was accepted unanimously by the board of directors.

The office of Arizona's governor has described the situation as "deeply troubling".

"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".

In 2013, Timmons received a warning from the Arizona Department of Health Services after an investigation revealed that a staff member - who was later fired - had made sexual comments about a patient that weren't appropriately reported. In 2013, a male employee was found to have made sexually explicit remarks to patients, though no physical or sexual abuse allegations were made and the employee was sacked.

The caregiver said the woman was completely unable to communicate and was only visited by family members every few months. "Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents".

Tribal officials confirmed the woman was still in a coma when she gave birth.

Previously, healthcare sources said: "From what I've been told, she was moaning".

"We don't have a systematic way to train people what's a good touch or a bad touch".

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