Phoenix: Police say DNA testing of a male nurse Nathan Sutherland and the baby born to an incapacitated woman in Phoenix led them to charge the nurse with sexual assault of the woman.
Wednesday that investigators obtained a court order to collect DNA from the licensed practical nurse, Nathan Sutherland.
Authorities say Sutherland was one of the caregivers for the woman at the Hacienda HealthCare centre where she lived.
The 29-year-old victim has been incapacitated since the age of 3 and gave birth to a boy at the facility on Dec. 29.
Employees have said they had no idea she was pregnant.
The news comes after the 29-year-old woman gave birth on Dec. 29 to a baby boy at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care center in Phoenix where she was has been a patient for about 10 years.
In a statement on Tuesday, the woman’s family said she is “not in a coma” but does have “significant intellectual disabilities” stemming from seizures she suffered early in her childhood.
“She does not speak but has some ability to move her limbs, head and neck,” the family said through their attorney. “Their daughter responds to sound and is able to make facial gestures. The important thing is that she is a beloved daughter, albeit with significant intellectual disabilities.”
Police say Nathan Sutherland invoked his 5th amendment rights and did not give an interview regarding the case. He has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman he provided care to at the nursing facility.
After the patient gave birth, the facility was mandated to increase security and staff presence during interaction with patients and increase monitoring of patient care areas, the Arizona state Department of Health Services said earlier this month.
Additionally, another person is required to be in the room when male health-care aides provide treatment to female patients.
It was not immediately clear whether Sutherland has retained a defense attorney.