Sex abuse probe launched after Arizona woman gives birth in coma

09 January, 2019, 08:35 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the

"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", one of the woman's former caregivers told ABC15, which did not reveal his or her identity.

A spokesperson for Hacienda HealthCare did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment Tuesday.

In a statement to PEOPLE on Friday, Hacienda HealthCare spokesman David Leibowitz said the organization, which runs the facility, was cooperating with law enforcement but declined to divulge the exact nature of the underlying incident.

[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.

Hacienda, he added, "will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible".

Jazzmyne has seizures every day and requires round-the-clock care.

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

The station said it's learned that she was raped several times.

According to the reports, the woman has been in a vegetative state since she was the victim of a near-drowning more than 10 years ago.

Sex abuse investigation underway after a patient in vegetative state for almost a decade gives birth. It is also unclear if staff members at the Hacienda de Los Angeles facility were unaware of the pregnancy until the birth.

"On behalf of the Tribe, I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members", tribe chairman Terry Rambler said in the statement. Staff members reportedly hadn't noticed the patient was pregnant until she went into labor.

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

She said no one reported that incident exclusively out of fear, and she believes there's been other abuse throughout the years. "I stay in her room", Cesena told As It Happens host Carol Off.

A Phoenix police spokesman said that "the matter is now under investigation" but declined to give any further details of the case.

The facility provides intermediate care for patients with intellectual disabilities. Arizona Department of Health Services found that in 2013 a male employee at the facility was making inappropriate sexual comments about patients bodies and was subsequently fired, and in 2017 the facility was reported for not offering privacy for patients while showering.

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