By The Blaze. A licensed practical nurse has been arrested in Phoenix after his DNA was found to match with that of a baby born to an incapacitated woman previously in his care. . .
On Dec. 29, the victim gave birth to a healthy baby boy at the Hacienda Healthcare, where she had been a resident for nearly a decade following a near-drowning incident that left her disabled.
Her caretakers were unaware of the woman’s pregnancy until she went into labor, shocking authorities and the victim’s family. Investigators obtained court-ordered DNA samples from the male staff at the facility in order to find a DNA link to the infant in order to identify who allegedly raped the patient.
On Tuesday, authorities obtained a sample from 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, an LPN who had access to the woman during the time she fell pregnant. Sutherland’s DNA was found to match the baby’s, and he was arrested the same day by Phoenix police on charges of sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse. . .
Days after news broke of the incapacitated patient giving birth, Hacienda Healthcare CEO Bill Timmons tendered his resignation to the board. Earlier this week, KPHO-TV reported that two physicians who had been responsible for the woman’s care were no longer at the facility, with one resigning and another being suspended by the company. (Read more from “Health-Care Worker Arrested After DNA Matches Baby Born to Incapacitated Patient” HERE)
Phoenix Nursing Facility Executive Resigns After Incapacitated Patient Gives Birth
By AZ Central. A longtime top executive with Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix resigned Monday following a report that a patient in a Hacienda center for people with intellectual disabilities became pregnant and gave birth.
Bill Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare’s longtime CEO, terminated his employment from the company immediately, said a statement from the company provided by spokesman David Leibowitz.
“Timmons’ resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors,” the statement said.
Azfamily.com first reported the storThe Arizona Department of Health Services on Friday confirmed that the patient who gave birth was a resident at Hacienda de Los Angeles, 1402 E. South Mountain Ave. State licensing records describe the facility as a 60-bed intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities.
In the statement Leibowitz provided, Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman said the facility will accept “nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization.” (Read more from “Phoenix Nursing Facility Executive Resigns After Incapacitated Patient Gives Birth” HERE)