Investigators are currently in the process of collecting DNA samples from all male staff members who are employed by Hacienda HealthCare in order to identify the suspect responsible for an incapacitated 29-year-old woman’s sexual assault and the pregnancy that ensued. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Hacienda HealthCare is a large, privately-owned operation that cares for chronically ill patients of all ages, though most of its clientele are young adults, adolescents, children, and babies.
The San Carlos Apache Tribe recently confirmed that the young woman was a member of their tribe and expressed horror over her rape. “When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers,” the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe said in a statement. “It is my hope that justice will be served.”
Non-Verbal Woman Gives Birth
On December 29th, 2018, a young woman who had been in a vegetative state for over a decade gave birth to a baby, much to the surprise of the nursing staff. Reportedly, the staff was alerted to the birth when the patient began moaning. No one was aware that the patient was pregnant until she went into labor despite round-the-clock care by staff members, and there’s evidence that the victim had been raped multiple times while in the care of Hacienda staff. The family of the unidentified patient have kept out of the media but have expressed their intention to take in their daughter’s baby, a healthy boy, as a new member of their family.
Following this horrifying incident, Arizona state officials went through to check on the safety of each and every patient in the Hacienda facility. The facility has also already implemented new protocol in hopes of preventing future assaults on their patients, requiring that male staff be accompanied by a female staff member when treating female patients.
A Fumbling History of Misconduct and Assault
While the recent assault and impregnation of an incapacitated patient is one of the more horrific things to have ever happened at Hacienda, it wasn’t the first incidence of staff misconduct.
Most recently, Bill Timmons, the CEO of Hacienda resigned on Monday following reports that several decades ago he had tried to stifle an incident that in which his nursing staff commented on the genitalia of a nonverbal patient. These types of incidents must be reported to state health officials. More recently, other incidents of abuse — lewd commentary and acts — were kept from facility administrator for over a month.