DNA samples of staff sought at Phoenix care center where woman in vegetative state gave birth - NBC News
NBC News - Wed 9 Jan 05:40 GMT

DNA samples of staff sought at Phoenix care center where woman in vegetative state gave birth - NBC News

Phoenix police executed a search warrant Tuesday for DNA samples at the Hacienda HealthCare center where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth last month.

  Police investigating the case of a woman in a long-term vegetative state giving birth last month served a search warrant Tuesday for DNA samples of male staff at the long-term care center where she was a patient.

  Male staff members at a Hacienda Healthcare center in Phoenix, Arizona, were asked to give DNA samples as part of an investigation into how the patient got pregnant, according to a press release from the long-term care facility.

  "The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare," the attorney said in a statement to the station.

  The patient has been in a vegetative state and at the facility for about 10 years after a near-drowning incident, an unidentified source told local station KTVK.

  And the state's Department of Economic Security, which promotes the safety and well-being of the population, said in a statement last week that it had performed a safety check on every patient residing at the facility and is working with police on the investigation.