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

Henrietta Brewer
January 12, 2019

A Phoenix police spokesman said that "the matter is now under investigation" but declined to give any further details of the case. The woman has been a patient at this facility for at least a decade following a near-drowning incident, the Phoenix-based station quoted its source as saying.

"I want to assure our patients, their loved ones, our community partners, the agencies we do business with, Governor Ducey and the residents of Arizona, we will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible", Orman said.

Micheaels' comments came hours after Phoenix police served a search warrant to obtain DNA samples from male employees at the facility, the New York Times reported.

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.


"Everybody was up in shock", Karina Cesena, whose daughter is a patient at the Hacienda Healthcare facility, told CBS News.

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

But during her time working at Hacienda, she says she witnessed one particularly troubling incident. None of the employees at the hospital were aware that she was pregnant.

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


CNN is not reporting the woman's name because she is the victim of sexual abuse.

Following the azfamily.com report, Hacienda Health Care and state officials issued brief statements about the situation, expressing concern and describing reviews being conducted and steps being taken. In 2017, state investigators determined that patients were not afforded sufficient privacy while at the facility.

Since the birth, Hacienda has placed a policy of requiring female employees to accompany male employees to female patients' rooms, most likely pushed forward by the Arizona Department of Health Services, which said in a statement that it has implemented "heightened safety measures" that include "increased staff presence during patient interactions as well as surveillance of patient care locations".

The company's mission "is to provide every person we are given the opportunity to serve, exceptional and compassionate care 24/7 in order to maximize their potential while continuing to address unmet health care needs throughout Arizona". But one complaint from December 2013 outlines an allegation that a staff member made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients two months earlier. The caregiver was also incensed at the facility's staff, who she says should have noticed her gaining weight or missing periods.


That staff member was ultimately terminated, but the state found that the facility "failed to ensure clients. were treated with dignity".

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