Nursing Facility CEO Resigns After Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth

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"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.

The Hacienda statement said the company welcomed the move by the police and had looked into conducting its own DNA tests, but attorneys said it would be illegal.

On Tuesday, officials with the San Carlos Apache Tribe say the woman at the center of the controversy is a 29-year-old who has been in a persistent vegetative state for over a decade, and is a patient at Hacienda Del Sol in Phoenix.

The facility's CEO Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday, and the Phoenix Police Department has launched a criminal investigation.

"This woman has been here for 10 years and then all of a sudden this baby is born", she said.

Police in Phoenix are investigating reports of sexual assault, they confirmed.

"A lot of people are mad, my family included", says Gary Londer, a parent of a Hacienda HealthCare patient.

A Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

"No. None whatsoever. Not even able to communicate the fact that she was pregnant", claimed the source. According to the local station's unidentified source, the facility staff had no idea the patient was pregnant until she began moaning as she went into labor.

Phoenix police say the matter is under investigation and declined further comment today.

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The announcement came a day after the company's CEO resigned following reports that the woman, left in a persistent vegetative state for almost a decade after a near-drowning, had borne a child.

"We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees", Orman said.

"Trust has been severed, period", she said.

CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV was first to report on the birth.

"During this time, the agency has required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility including increased staff presence during patient interactions, increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility", said a spokesperson for the department.

"I saw people disappear and never come back", she said.

Arizona state Rep. Jeff Weninger said he is considering legislation to protect patients living at long-term healthcare facilities.

A new protocol that was reportedly put in place at the facility since the birth requires male staff needing to enter a female room to bring a female employee with them.

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

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