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    A disabled woman in vegetative state for a decade gives birth prompting abuse investigation

    https://ktla.com/2019/01/04/arizona-...investigation/


    . The Phoenix Police Department is investigating possible sex abuse at a nursing facility after a female patient recently became pregnant and gave birth.

    Sources tell Phoenix television station KPHO/KTVK that the alleged victim has been a patient at the Hacienda HealthCare facility, which is near 16th Street and South Mountain Avenue, for at least a decade after a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state. That woman gave birth to a baby boy on Dec. 29.

    ?None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,? a source familiar with the situation told the station.

    When asked how personnel found out she was in labor, the source responded, ?From what I?ve been told she was moaning. And they didn?t know what was wrong with her.?

    A nurse who was there apparently delivered the baby, according to the source, adding the infant was born healthy and alive.

    The patient required around the clock care and would not have been able to convey she was pregnant. Many would have been able to access her room, the source said.

    The facility changed protocol this week, she added, telling the station a male staff member needs to bring a female employee with them to enter a woman?s room.

    Investigators from multiple agencies are saying next to nothing about the case, but the station reported that at some point last spring or summer, someone sexually assaulted a woman who was in a persistent vegetative state, and she became pregnant.

    Hacienda HealthCare spokeswoman Nancy Salmon released the following statement after KPHO/KTVK asked about the case.

    ?Hacienda Healthcare has been in business in the valley for over 50 years, and has an outstanding reputation providing high quality specialized care for our patients. As a Healthcare provider, we cannot comment on any patient due to Federal and State privacy laws. Additionally, we cannot comment on any ongoing investigations. We can say that our patients and clients health and safety is our #1 priority and that we always cooperate, when asked by any agency, in an open and transparent way.?

    The Arizona Department of Health Services also released a statement.

    ?We are aware of this situation and are actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation. Upon learning of the allegation, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) immediately initiated an onsite complaint investigation to ensure the health and safety of the patients and ensure the facility is in compliance with all state laws and regulations. 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.?


    The Arizona Department of Economic Security released this statement.

    ?The Department has been made aware of these allegations and we continue to work fully with the Phoenix Police Department in their ongoing investigation. Upon hearing of these allegations, we immediately dispatched a team to conduct health and safety checks on all members residing at this health care facility, which has been completed. We will continue to work to ensure the safety of all our members.?

    Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said ?the matter is currently under investigation.?

    Founded as Hacienda de Los Angeles in 1967, Hacienda HealthCare describes itself on its website as ?the leading provider of specialized medical care and social services for Arizona?s infants, children and young adults who are medically fragile or chronically ill, including those with developmental disabilities.?

    The organization says it offers dozens of programs and services through several nonprofit entities under its umbrella.

    According to its website, Hacienda HealthCare serves more than 2,500 people throughout Arizona each year.

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    How did the staff not know she was pregnant? I assume she was sponge bathed and turned over so she wouldn’t get bed sores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    How did the staff not know she was pregnant? I assume she was sponge bathed and turned over so she wouldn’t get bed sores.
    Exactly. I find it really difficult to believe they didn't notice in the final weeks at least. Which makes me wonder what kind of care she was getting in general - was she even being bathed regularly?

    In one of the fb conversations on this, someone said this particular care agency has faced a sexual abuse investigation in the past. I haven't gone digging to find out if it's true yet. But if it is, wtf kind of operation are they running?

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    While expensive, they need to test the DNA of all male staff that had contact with her within the time frame she must have become pregnant. What a Maury show that would be!
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    I was about to be annoyed that this thread was still active, but I see now it's morphed into offers of sex for chilli confectionary, so carry on guys :)

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    Perhaps because it shouldn't have been possible, no one thought pregnancy? Maybe she didn't show? They likely don't pay their staff enough to give a shit. I know I worked with plenty of CNAs that would half ass as much as possible so they could spend their shift hiding in the linen closet on their phone.

    Idk. I know it's unlikely, but I hope they catch the asshole who did it. But it could be any man that walked in that building. I know of a nursing home rape that was perpetrated by another resident's visitor.

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    https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...te/2655766002/

    Phoenix police have arrested Nathan Sutherland, a 36-year-old nurse at Hacienda HealthCare facility, alleging he raped and impregnated an incapacitated woman at the center.

    Sutherland is a licensed practical nurse who was responsible for caring for the victim at the time of the assault, according to police. He's worked at Hacienda since 2011.

    The Phoenix police crime lab on Tuesday determined a DNA sample taken from Sutherland matched the baby. He was then taken into custody.

    Police announced they would be testing the DNA of all employees during a Jan. 8 media briefing. Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said police didn't have the opportunity to collect Sutherland's DNA through a court order until Tuesday.

    Sutherland declined to answer investigators' questions following his arrest, according to Thompson.

    Sutherland was booked into Maricopa County Jail, charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse. Maricopa County Superior Court records show Sutherland has not been charged with any other major crimes

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    I can’t believe it was a nurse that did it. I thought for sure it was a visitor.

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    How was staff not aware her periods had stopped? You have to chart that shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by of_corpse_not View Post
    How was staff not aware her periods had stopped? You have to chart that shit
    I am wondering if maybe he faked that info since he seemed to be a nurse involved in her care

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    https://newschannel9.com/news/nation...2019-154416501

    PHOENIX (AP) — A nurse who was looking after an incapacitated woman at a long-term health care facility has been charged with raping her, weeks after she stunned her caregivers and family by giving birth to a baby boy, Phoenix police said Wednesday.


    Investigators arrested 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse, on suspicion of one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said.

    The surprise birth late last month triggered reviews by state agencies and highlighted safety concerns for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. It also prompted authorities to test the DNA of all the men who worked at the Hacienda HealthCare facility.

    Sutherland 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. He declined to speak with police and invoked his Fifth Amendment rights, Thompson said. A message left at a phone number listed for Sutherland was not immediately returned.

    Hacienda officials fired Sutherland on Wednesday after learning of his arrest. The company said it was "troubled beyond words." Sutherland had passed an extensive background check.

    "Once again, we offer an apology and send our deepest sympathies to the client and her family, to the community and to our agency partners at every level," Hacienda said in a statement.
    The 29-year-old victim has been in long-term care since the age of 3 and gave birth at the facility on Dec. 29. Employees said they had no idea she was pregnant. As her guardian, the woman's mother was required to submit an annual report to the court that included results of a medical exam.

    The case has prompted the departure or discipline of key figures at Hacienda HealthCare, including the CEO. The provider on Sunday announced that one doctor who had cared for the woman resigned and another had been suspended.

    Earlier stories had described the patient as being comatose or in a vegetative state. But her parents released a statement on Tuesday disputing that characterization. They described her instead as intellectually disabled because of seizures in early childhood. While she doesn't speak, she has some mobility in her limbs, head and neck. She also responds to sound and can make facial gestures.

    The family's attorney, John Micheaels, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

    Thompson said he believes the baby has since been released from the hospital. The woman's family has said they will care for him.

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    I checked his licensure and he is a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), which essentially means he is a nursing assistant. I take offense to him being called a nurse.

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    I neglected to mention he does/did hold a multi-state licensure, which means he legally could have worked in 28 other states including Arizona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewitchingstorm View Post
    I checked his licensure and he is a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), which essentially means he is a nursing assistant. I take offense to him being called a nurse.
    I get what you're saying and totally agree with you. It pisses me off when people try to pass themselves off (or media does) as something they are not licensed for, especially when you have made all the sacrifices to actually get that licensure. I run into that all the time in the accounting world, where people try to say they are the same as an accountant or CPA because they have been book keeping for a long time.

    I had read that he was an RN, so I was just going with that. As you said, LPN is not even in the same ballpark as an RN or BSN.

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/haciend...ed-gave-birth/

    Hacienda HealthCare, the nursing facility in Phoenix where an incapacitated woman was raped and gave birth, is shuttering the intermediate care unit of its building, CBS affiliate KPHO-TV reports. This comes days after a nurse there pleaded not guilty to a sexual assault charge.

    It was at the Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (ICF-ID) where the 29-year-old victim was being treated, KPHO-TV reports. There are 36 patients who will be relocated to other facilities.
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has called on the state's attorney general's office to investigate and present charges against Hacienda HealthCare.

    The police chief said there could be more victims, but finding them may be difficult because many at the facility are unable to communicate. After the patient gave birth, Hacienda's CEO resigned, along with a doctor. Another doctor was suspended.

    Meanwhile, the baby boy is now in the care of the woman's relatives, who are members of the Apache tribe.

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    http://www.fox32chicago.com/facebook...-other-victims

    Now a Similar story is coming out in Virginia

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - A 60-year-old Fairfax County man has been charged after officials say he raped and impregnated a mentally incapacitated woman being cared for at the rehabilitation center where he worked.

    Fairfax County police say Bernard Betts-King worked as a behavioral specialist at the MVLE Community Center in Springfield, a rehabilitation center where he allegedly raped a patient at the facility in early 2018 who became pregnant with his child.

    Captain Thea Pirnat with Fairfax County Police Major Crimes said Betts-King used his position of trust to target and rape a 33-year-old mentally incapacitated woman under his care.

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    "A family member reported it to us after they took the victim to the doctor and it was learned at that time that she was pregnant. She is a vulnerable adult, she is incapable of giving consent," said Captain Pirnat.

    After the victim gave birth, investigators say they used DNA evidence to match the child with Betts-King.

    "We were able to through our investigation look at who had access to this individual. We were eventually able to link it to the arrested subject," said Captain Pirnat.

    Police say there’s a second mentally disabled woman who worked with Betts-King at MVLE who also became pregnant. Investigators are now waiting on DNA evidence in that case.

    "We are actually working a second case right now that we have learned there are commonalities. We believe its going to be linked to him and we are doing DNA processing in that particular case," said Pirnat.

    "Same facility, same circumstances. She is a vulnerable adult she is not able to give consent to some cognitive impairment issues and that’s what our concern is," she said.

    Police tell FOX 5 Betts-King had no prior criminal record of this nature to fail any employment background checks.

    And up until his arrest, officials say he was still working with vulnerable adults at another facility, Community Living Alternatives in Fairfax.

    Investigators worry more victims could be out there.

    "This is an extremely sad case. We are concerned that this is potentially a predator that was targeting vulnerable adults so we are asking any individuals that had family members potentially in his control for limited amounts of time," Pirnat said.

    "If they notice behavioral changes, any medical changes with their family members to come forward so we can potentially investigate if theres a crime there," she said.

    Betts-King appeared in court Tuesday morning and is currently being held without bond at the Adult Detention Center.

    Officials say his preliminary hearing is set for March 26.

    Detectives are asking for anyone with information to contact them at (703) 246-7800.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/23/us/ar...aim/index.html

    A disabled woman who gave birth at an Arizona long-term care facility had been raped repeatedly, and had likely been pregnant before, new documents allege.

    Her lawyers filed a $45 million notice of claim to Arizona on Wednesday with allegations against the state along with Hacienda HealthCare, where the woman had lived since 1992.

    She delivered a boy at the facility in late December, shocking her caregivers, who said they had no idea she was pregnant. She has since left the facility.

    Authorities obtained DNA samples from male staff members and arrested licensed practical nurse Nathan Sutherland, 36, who was caring for the woman. He was charged with sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse, and has pleaded not guilty.

    New allegations revealed
    In the notice of claim filed before litigation for settlement discussion, the family made a series of allegations against the state and the health care facility where the now 29-year-old woman lived.

    The Maricopa County Medical Center examined the woman after she gave birth and concluded she'd been "violated repeatedly," the documents allege. Her giving birth was likely a "repeat parous event," which means she may have been pregnant before, the documents say.

    From the claim, it's unclear whether she carried the previous pregnancy her family believes she had to term.

    It said the woman suffered multiple sexual assaults that caused her permanent physical and emotional pain, and caused her parents significant emotional distress.

    The woman has intellectual disabilities as a result of childhood seizures, and is bedridden and nonverbal. But she can move some of her extremities, respond to sound and make facial gestures, according to her family.

    Her parents had previously requested that she be cared for by female employees and was assured that would happen, but it did not, the documents allege. Instead, unsupervised male caretakers, including the suspect, were allowed to go into her room, the documents say.

    The documents accuse the state of being "vicariously liable for the negligence, gross negligence and medical negligence" at Hacienda.

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    And then it gets worse-?

    Just horrible.

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    https://fox40.com/2019/06/17/maggots...d-impregnated/

    Maggots Found Under Patient’s Bandage at Facility Where Incapacitated Woman was Sexually Assaulted, Impregnated

    A report that several maggots were found around the surgical incision of a 28-year-old male resident has sparked a new investigation and swift action by the Arizona Department of Health Services. On Friday, the department issued an “intent to revoke” Hacienda’s state license that was recently issued to the facility.

    The incident also has several Arizona lawmakers demanding answers and accountability. Hacienda is the same facility where a 29-year-old incapacitated woman was sexually assaulted last year. Police have arrested and charged Nathan Sutherland, a 36-year-old nurse, from the facility alleging he raped and impregnated the woman.

    As Hacienda was making changes and trying to rebuild trust within the community, the new investigation has several lawmakers concerned and outraged.

    State Senator Heather Carter co-sponsored Senate Bill 1211. The bill gives the state direct authority to go in and take action themselves, instead of just being an agent of the federal government.

    Carter said she was “floored” when she heard about the incident involving the maggots.

    “Absolutely floored. I have no words. It is unacceptable. We have to do something and that is what we’re doing,” said Carter.

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    Jesus fucking Christ shut that god damn place down already.

    I can't believe that idiot pleaded not guilty. THEY FOUND YOUR DNA YOU RAPIST PIECE OF SHIT.

    I'd be interested to see some undercover reporting on assisted living facilities. They all seem to suck and have poor regulating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Non_Saepe View Post
    Jesus fucking Christ shut that god damn place down already.
    Pretty sure that place shut down a while ago.
    I'll start being nicer when you start being smarter!

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