"A lot of people are mad, my family included", says Gary Londer, a parent of a Hacienda HealthCare patient.
A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case. Awake but immobile, and apparently unaware, her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care.
The 29-year-old woman had been a patient at the Phoenix facility for more than a decade after nearly drowning, according to azfamily.com, two Meredith Corp. -owned TV stations that broke the story; police declined to provided NPR with details about their investigation. Her identity has not been reported and it is not known if she has a family or a guardian. According to the local station's unidentified source, the facility staff had no idea the patient was pregnant until she began moaning as she went into labor.
She said no one reported that incident exclusively out of fear, and she believes there's been other abuse throughout the years.
The Hacienda statement said the company welcomed the move by the police and had looked into conducting its own DNA tests, but attorneys said it would be illegal.
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The reported birth - and the sexual assault on a vulnerable individual that must have preceded it - has cast a harsh glare on conditions at a nonprofit organization that bills itself as a leading provider of health care for Phoenix's medically fragile.
Jazzmyne, who spent 4.5 months in a coma but is now responsive, assured her mother that nobody had harmed her.
Cesena's daughter almost drowned 14 years ago and was left with a traumatic brain injury that caused her to have hundreds of seizures a day.
Hacienda HealthCare is a private company with 40 programs serving 4,500 patients a year, the majority of whom are children and young adults. In 2013, a male employee was found to have made sexually explicit remarks to patients, though no physical or sexual abuse allegations were made and the employee was sacked.
Phoenix police say the matter is under investigation and decline further comment. They include increased staff presence during any patient interaction, more monitoring of patient care areas and additional security measures involving visitors.
"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.