Authorities in Arizona are investigating a possible rape at a Phoenix-based nursing home after a patient in a vegetative state became pregnant and gave birth to a child.
Sources tell KPHO that the Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare patient survived a near-drowning incident nearly a decade ago.
On Dec. 29, the woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
"None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth," a source familiar with the situation stated.
When asked how staff members discovered the woman was going into labor, the source stated the woman was moaning and, at first, staff did not understand what was wrong with the woman. The patient reportedly required round-the-clock care and many staff members had access to her room.
"From what I've been told, she was moaning. And they didn't know what was wrong with her. There was a nurse that was there, and from what I heard she's the one that delivered the baby," stated the source.
Hacienda HealthCare spokeswoman Nancy Salmon released the following statement in regard to the case:
The Arizona Department of Health Services also released a statement:
Phoenix Police are continuing to investigate this case.