Phoenix, AZ – In a situation that has shocked and outraged folks across this nation, we’ve learned that a 29-year-old Native American woman has given birth to a baby boy on December 29th, 2018, despite her being in a vegetative state for the last 14 years.

The young woman, who has since been identified as a member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, has lived in the skilled nursing facility known as Hacienda HealthCare for years in what is described as a “vegetative” state since she was a young child. According to their website, Hacienda HealthCare is “the leading provider of specialized medical care and social services for Arizona’s infants, children, and young adults who are medically fragile or chronically ill, including those with developmental disabilities.” Yet, in the wake of this horrifying discovery of the apparent assault and rape of this young woman, the facility is now clouded in mistrust, fear, and outrage.

Since the news broke, there have been some changes implemented at the facility and reported by various other news sources (see “Further information” below), which include a new rule that male employees cannot enter a female resident’s room without a female coworker present. Family members of some of the other residents at the facility are also taking their own precautions as this investigation continues. One family member is quoted as saying she will remain with her daughter overnight at the facility for the time being. Another has stated he will install a camera in his child’s room.

This situation has sparked further outrage across Indian country as we are still pursuing awareness and action through legislation addressing the many missing and murdered indigenous women. Our prayers go out to the victim and her family as they seek justice and continue to cope.

Here are some of the things we’ve learned so far:

  • CEO Bill Timmons has resigned as of Monday, approximately one week after the situation was made public.
  • According to the Medicare website, Hacienda HealthCare has a low overall quality rating.
  • The Phoenix police have obtained a warrant to test the DNA of male employees and compare that to the infants as part of the investigation.
  • The woman and baby boy are currently in recovery at a local hospital.
  • At this time it appears the family will take over care of the infant.

Further information can be found at:

http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html

http://www.haciendainc.org

https://www.azfamily.com

and via the YouTube video below.

Video credit: ABC15.com| Youtube

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