PHOENIX – A licensed nurse who was supposed to care for a woman in a vegetative state at an Arizona nursing facility was arrested after she gave birth to a baby last month, officials announced Wednesday.
The perpetrator was identified as Nathan Sutherland, 36, reported FOX News.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a news conference that Sutherland was arrested for sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse at the Hacienda Healthcare facility in Phoenix.
“We have worked virtually nonstop every day, every night to resolve this case,” Williams told reporters.
The chief said that officers used “good old-fashioned police work” in addition to DNA tests on the baby to find a match and made the arrest. Sutherland worked at the facility, officials added.
Moreover, two doctors at Hacienda HealthCare are no longer with the long-term care facility.
One of the doctors resigned while the other has been suspended, a spokesperson for the health care agency told Fox News in a statement Tuesday.
Neither doctor has been identified at this time but both cared for the 29-year-old woman who gave birth as a result of sexual assault last month.
“The two physicians who were responsible for the care of the sexual assault victim are no longer providing medical services to Hacienda patients. One has resigned. The other one has been suspended,” the spokesperson told Fox News.
“Once again, we offer an apology and send our deepest sympathy to the client and her family. Hacienda intends to do everything possible to restore its credibility in the eyes of our patients, families, the community and our agency partners at every level,” the spokesperson added.
The latest development comes after the facility’s CEO, Bill Timmons, resigned earlier in January following the incident.
The woman, who has been in the care of the facility since she became incapacitated at age 3 after suffering a near-drowning, gave birth on Dec. 29.
A source familiar with the situation previously told AZ Family that “none of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth.”
“From what I’ve been told she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her,” the source told the station.
The victim’s identity has not been disclosed.