Phoenix Police Department have been gathering DNA samples of all male staff of Hacienda HealthCare, an Arizona-based nursing facility where a 29-year-old Native American has been in a vegetative state for the past 14 years after a near-drowning.
The incident, according to the police rendered her “unable to move [and] unable to communicate, in other words, she was helpless and incapacitated.”
Both the family and almost everybody were left shocked after news of the incapacitated woman having given birth on December 29 went viral.
Apparently a certain man, possibly within Hacienda HealthCare must have had sexual intercourse with the woman in coma, leading to the bizarre pregnancy and childbirth.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department told reporters at a press conference that officers responded to a call that an infant had “coded” and was in “distress” with troubles breathing, Yahoo news reported.
“The baby was born having issues. That was the nature of the call, that’s what started this on the 29th of December,” Sgt. Thompson added, saying “as far as I know it was a natural birth.”
What has necessitated the investigation is the fact that the woman is not in the position to either give consent or have sex, let alone conceive to give birth to the baby who is now 12 days old.
“She was not in a position to give consent,” Thompson emphasised, adding she was just a “helpless victim who was sexually assaulted.”
Meanwhile, family lawyer of the victim, John Michaels released a statement on Tuesday, saying: “The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for.”
He stressed that the family is “outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare.
“The family is well aware of the intense news and public interest in their daughter’s case, but at this time is not emotionally ready to make a public statement.”
Hacienda HealthCare has also confirmed that police have contacted it to compel its worker to undergo the DNA examinations.
“We had consulted attorneys to determine whether it would be legal for our company to compel our employees to undergo DNA testing conducted through Hacienda or for Hacienda to conduct voluntary genetic testing of staffers.
“We were told it would be a violation of federal law in either instance,” the company said in a statement.
It is unclear how the police will be able to clear all the legal barriers as they have reportedly obtained buccal swabs already to collect DNA samples