Hacienda HealthCare launches internal probe to find man who impregnated woman in vegetative state

A long-term care facility in Arizona where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth last month has hired a private attorney to conduct an internal review to determine who impregnated the patient.

Phoenix police have already executed a search warrant seeking DNA samples from male staff members at the Hacienda HealthCare center, where a woman who has been in a vegetative state for years gave birth to a baby boy. The Arizona Department of Health Services and the state’s Department of Economic Security are also working with police in the investigation.

On Sunday, Hacienda HealthCare announced that it had hired former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley to additionally conduct an “exhaustive” internal review.

“As an organization, our top priority is to quickly identify the perpetrator and to make sure that person is brought to justice,” said a statement from Hacienda.

“Mr. Romley will have unfettered access to every facet of Hacienda’s business — including all the records related to this matter,” the statement said. “We will do everything we can to aid this review and, once it is complete, to make sure this unprecedented situation never, ever happens again.”

The woman’s caregivers were unaware that she was pregnant until she started to moan before giving birth on Dec. 29, an unidentified source told NBC affiliate KPNX.

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