Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

U.S. nurse arrested for rape of incapacitated patient who had baby

U.S. nurse arrested for rape of incapacitated patient who had baby

A licensed nurse who was supposed to care for a woman in a vegetative state at a long-term Arizona nursing facility was arrested after she gave birth to a baby last month, officials in the USA announced.

Phoenix police say his DNA is a match with the baby the woman delivered last month.

A nurse accused of raping and impregnating a woman in a vegatative state who lived in a care facility has been given $500,000 bond.

Sutherland had been one of the staff members responsible for her care at the time of the assault, the police chief said.

Detectives had been demanding DNA samples from all male staff on the ward of the 60-bed facility in Phoenix.

The parents declined to comment on Sutherland's arrest in a separate statement issued through their attorney.

In a statement provided to NPR, Hacienda HealthCare said Sutherland had "undergone an extensive background check upon hiring" and was sacked when the company learned of his arrest. She is able to respond to sound, and make facial gestures.

The CEO of Hacienda HealthCare Bill Timmons resigned shortly after the investigation began.

One doctor has been suspended, and another has resigned from the Hacienda Healthcare clinic near Phoenix.

Healthcare authorities described the woman is in a "coma" - but her family have now clarified she is bedbound with limited movement, no speech and "significant intellectual disabilities". He said 'The important thing here is that contrary to what's been reported, she is a person, albeit with significant intellectual disabilities. They identified him as 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, a caretaker and licensed practical nurse at the facility.

They are working to discover if the victim was assaulted multiple times or if Sutherland victimized anyone else, according to Thompson.

In a statement released through their attorney on Tuesday, the family said they "would like to make clear that their daughter is not in a coma".

The facility said Sutherland had undergone an extensive background check when he was hired, and that they've since increased security measure to ensure patient safety. He has worked at the facility since 2011.

In an email to INSIDER on Tuesday, Micheaels said his client "is not in a vegetative state", as previously reported, but "significantly cognitively impaired".

The Hacienda HealthCare employee who called emergency services after a patient gave birth to a baby while in a vegetative state said the infant was not breathing after delivery.

"We can't always choose the way we come into this life, but this community can choose to love this baby".

The medical professionals who had been taking care of the woman were not aware that she was pregnant.

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