Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Comatose woman gave birth to boy, attorney says

Comatose woman gave birth to boy, attorney says

An investigation is underway by Phoenix Police, as controversy mounts over the incident.

According to some reports, the woman was a victim of a near-drowning more than 10 years ago. "It is my hope that justice will be served". "We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

KPHO also spoke with a former Hacienda manager who said Timmons insisted that a 1988 incident of abuse of a different patient be covered up.

They said the baby was born into a loving family and he would be cared for. "I haven't been able to sleep well at night because of what occurred here", a mother, Angela Gomez, told CBS. "None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth".

Phoenix police so far have declined comment.

In a statement, board member Gary Orman said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

In addition to working with police, the state is "re-evaluating the state's contract and regulatory authority as it relates to this facility and have been working closely with state agencies to ensure all necessary safety measures are in place", Patrick Ptak, a governor's office spokesman, said in a statement.

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The town's mayor Ron Fladten said the news was a "great result" and that he had been "praying daily" for the safe return of Jayme. According to authorities, Jayme was cleared medically Friday morning, and will be reunited with her relatives later today.

INSIDER also reached out to the Phoenix Police Department, and a spokesman said they could not confirm any of the reports about the investigation. Because he says without saying anything, they're creating distrust in the community, and with no suspect caught, police should want people to know what's going on, and to come forward if they know something. 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.

Hacienda describes itself as Arizona's "leading provider of specialised health care services for medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities".

The new mom and baby boy are reportedly both in good physical health.

Advocates for the disabled say Arizona needs to find a way to monitor allegations of sexual abuse and sexual violence in these group settings.

She added many people would have had access to the woman's room and cited a meeting with Mr Timmons in 1998 over concerns regarding the treatment of a separate patient.

One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients.

"Federal and state laws guarantee certain basic rights to all residents of this facility and they include the right to a dignified existence and to be treated with dignity", a report issued at the time read.

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