A suspect has been arrested in the rape investigation at the Arizona health care facility where a 29-year old patient recently gave birth. Despite being completely incapacitated and confined to her bed, the patient somehow became pregnant. No one on staff at the center knew she was pregnant up until the time she began to give birth in December.
"The woman had been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years after a near-drowning." A source said. "The staff only learned the patient was pregnant when she began to moan -- an indication she was going into labor.
“None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” the source told AZ Family.
Earlier this month, law enforcement obtained a court order to have the DNA tested of all male employees of the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix, Arizona in the hopes that it would reveal who committed this horrendous crime. And it appears to have done just that.
Police say they have a suspect in custody. He has been identified as 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Hacienda HealthCare center. Authorities say Sutherland had been caring for the woman at the time she became pregnant. He had been employed at the facility since 2011.
Charges against Sutherland are expected to include sexual assault and adult abuse.
A press conference held on Wednesday morning revealed this and other details.
“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. She gave birth to a baby last month.
Although the name of the victim has not been released to the public, we now have some general information about the woman involved.
“According to ABC News, San Carlos Apache officials released a statement confirming that the victim is a member of the tribe based in southeastern Arizona. She is reportedly 29, and the new report states that she gave birth to a boy, contradicting earlier reports that the newborn is a girl.
Please continue praying for the family of this sweet little baby and for the safety of all patients at the Health Care facility