Nurse Nathan Sutherland was in Christian rap group

Henrietta Brewer
January 27, 2019

They identified him as 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, a caretaker and licensed practical nurse at the facility.

Arizona is looking into whether it can remove the board of directors of a long-term care facility where a nurse is accused of raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth, the governor said Friday. Gomez, whose 27-year-old son was cared for by Sutherland at times, went to the facility Wednesday to get her son tested.

Sutherland was arrested and booked at the Maricopa County Jail on one count of vulnerable adult abuse and one count of sexual assault, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said during a press conference on Wednesday.

Sutherland, 36, submitted his DNA sample under court order Tuesday and the results came back a few hours later, showing he was a match to the baby.

Hacienda Healthcare CEO Bill Timmons stood down this month amid the deepening scandal. Others who worked for Hacienda, including the CEO and the doctors who treated the unnamed patient, have resigned or been suspended as the criminal investigation intensified.


CNN reached out to Hacienda officials for comment Friday but has received no response. According to the authorities, Sutherland had been a licensed practical nurse at the Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, where the woman was admitted, since 2011.

The baby boy is now being cared for by them and is doing well, police spokesperson Tommy Thompson said.

Sutherland worked for Hacienda HealthCare since 2012.

Earlier stories had described the patient as being comatose or in a vegetative state.

Caregivers were taken by surprise, telling 911 dispatchers, "We had no idea she was pregnant".


The woman, 29, is unable to speak, has limited mobility in her limbs and face and is unable to breathe or feed herself without assistance.

"But you can't stop what you were made to do", Sutherland said about making music, adding that he started writing songs at the age of 10. He did not enter a plea. He and his sister formed Sleeplessouljaz, a Christian rap group. She attended the meeting to urge the board to look at the other nurses who were supervising or working alongside Sutherland. "Even though it's an orphanage, you'll be blessed if you have one cup or bowl of rice a day". "We've asked him why and he's said he's afraid of the monster, is what he says".

"I can't believe it", Burr said.

Burr says Sutherland shared the home with his wife and four children, and she saw the couple leave for church every Sunday. "He told me he was a nurse and he liked his job". The article of incorporation for Life in You, a charity, was to "show Christ's unconditional love by responding to the spiritual and physical needs of the homeless, Development Disabled Individuals" as well as orphans in the Phoenix-area.


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