Healthcare Facility Chief Quits After Woman in Coma Gives Birth

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case.							Getty Images

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case. Getty Images

"And we knew not to mess with that temper because people got fired".

Police on Tuesday served a search warrant to obtain DNA samples from all male employees at the woman's care facility.

The Hacienda HealthCare company's CEO Bill Timmons resigned from his position after news of the sexual assault went public.

Hacienda HealthCare said it welcomed the DNA testing of employees as detectives desperately try to solve the horrific case.

According to its website, Hacienda HealthCare serves more than 2,500 people throughout Arizona each year.

It came after reports that the woman, who was left in the vegetative state after a near-drowning incident, was sexually assaulted a few times.

The woman said not one person reported the incident out of fear, adding that it is likely other forms of abuse took place over the years.

Hacienda HealthCare told the AP in a statement, "We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

A person who said they are a former caregiver at Hacienda HealthCare said on Monday that the staff at the facility makes up nearly all the human contact the patient has, as her family visits only once every few months.

According to police in Phoenix, the case is being investigated as a possible sexual assault.

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"From what I've been told she was moaning and they didn't know what was wrong with her", an unidentified source told CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV.

Melissa Blasius-Nuanez with the Arizona Department of Health Services said in a statement that the agency is aware of the situation and is working with law enforcement in its criminal investigation.

In one meeting, Timmons told the unnamed former manager that female nurses were standing around a male patient, who is nonverbal, talking inappropriately about his private area.

Orman continued: "And we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees".

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's office released a statement saying the reports are "deeply troubling".

"I wasn't there. I clearly don't have firsthand knowledge of what happened", Meyers said.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has confirmed the patient who was allegedly raped was a resident at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2013, an investigation found that a staff member made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients. Troublingly, the alleged incidents weren't reported to the facility's administrators until a month after they occurred.

Since the news of the incident broke, parents of patients at the Phoenix-based health care facility have come forward, expressing their concerns.

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