Phoenix police said Wednesday they are reaching out to the community to help identify a suspect for sexual assault after a woman who has been in a vegetative state for years gave birth.
A lawyer for the woman’s family meanwhile said they are “traumatized and in shock” by the “abuse and neglect” of their daughter but that “the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for.”
Police were called to a Hacienda HealthCare center in Phoenix at around 3:42 p.m. on Dec. 29, according to statements by police and Hacienda.
Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Wednesday that an infant had “coded,” referring to emergency calls when “someone is in distress, having trouble breathing, or unconscious.”
The baby and mother were transported to a local hospital where both are recovering.
A sexual assault investigation was begun immediately, police have said.
“She was not in position to give consent to any of this,” Thompson said. “This was a helpless victim who was sexually assaulted.”
Hacienda HealthCare has said the woman was a patient at one of its facilities, and called it a “deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation.”
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