Facility's CEO resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

The Phoenix Police Department is the law enforcement agency leading the criminal investigation, and we continue to coordinate with them to ensure the integrity of their investigation and bring about justice.

A woman living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility in central Phoenix reportedly delivered a baby last month.

An investigation is underway by Phoenix Police, as controversy mounts over the incident.

The incident also prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign yesterday, after the incident put a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated.

It is noted that the board of directors unanimously accepted his resignation.

A source told AzFamily: "None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth".

The Arizona Department of Economic Security says in an emailed statement that it had sent a team to check on the health and safety of every person in the facility since the pregnancy and birth were reported and that it was working with Phoenix police on their investigation.

The news has been described as "deeply troubling" by a representative for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

Alejandro Benally, Chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department said in the press release that "this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department".

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Calling her case an "absolutely horrifying situation", Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman said in a statement that the "unprecedented case. has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization".

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to the website.

A source told CBS 5 reporter Briana Whitney that Phoenix Police can't force any of the workers to give a DNA sample "right now", but they may be able to get warrants to make any workers who refuse to give a sample submit one.

State records show complaints about Hacienda de Los Angeles going back to 2013. The employee was sacked.

The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare.

It would be the police who would lead DNA testing to figure out who fathered the baby, Solomon said.

"There's a lot of information we do not have, but things like this don't happen without someone either knowing about it or should have known about it", Solomon said. The caregiver was also incensed at the facility's staff, who she says should have noticed her gaining weight or missing periods.

When she heard that the woman had given birth, the caregiver said she cried because she knew that the woman could not defend herself or identify her assailant. "I myself have come in a back way many times with no one noticing me", the caregiver said. In the report, a source told the outlet that staffers didn't know that the woman was pregnant until she went into labor.

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