Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

DNA linked nurse to baby of incapacitated woman

DNA linked nurse to baby of incapacitated woman

A nurse who was looking after an incapacitated woman at Hacienda Healthcare has been charged with raping her, weeks after she stunned her caregivers and family who didn't know she was pregnant by giving birth to a baby boy, Phoenix police said Wednesday.

Sutherland had been one of the staffers responsible for the victim's care at the time of the impregnation, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said Wednesday.

Phoenix Police announced that Nathan Sutherland, 36, who was employed at the Hacienda HealthCare centre in Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested today after his DNA "matched the baby".

Sutherland was detained on Tuesday and underwent a court-ordered DNA test, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a public affairs officer with the Phoenix Police Department.

Burr says Sutherland shared the home with his wife and four children, and she saw the couple leave for church every Sunday.

The care centre issued a statement saying that Sutherland was sacked on news of his arrest.

Nathan Sutherland, 36, was a licensed practical nurse who looked after the woman.

Investigators obtained a court order to collect DNA from Sutherland, which was compared to DNA from the infant.

"She has feelings, likes to be read to, enjoys soft music, and is capable of responding to people she is familiar with, especially family", Michael A. Worhacz, the family's attorney, told Arizona's Family in a statement.

Hacienda CEO Bill Timmons stood down this month amid the deepening scandal.

One of the unidentified physicians resigned, and the other has been suspended, Hacienda said.


"Once again, we offer an apology and send our deepest sympathy to the client and her family", Hacienda HealthCare said in a statement.

Her family described her as being intellectually disabled due to seizures she suffered as a child, according to the Associated Press.

After his arrest, Sutherland was sacked from Hacienda, which added that the medical facility had performed an extensive background check on Sutherland before hiring him, according to the report.

They are working to discover if the victim was assaulted multiple times or if Sutherland victimized anyone else, according to Thompson.

Officials originally described the woman, who has not been identified, as comatose.

Her caretakers were unaware of the woman's pregnancy until she went into labor, shocking authorities and the victim's family.

Court documents state that the woman is "not alert" and requires a "maximum level of care", the Arizona Republic reported.

She is reportedly able to move her limbs, head and neck, make facial gestures and respond to sound.

The Daily Mail reported that Sutherland was an orphan from Haiti and was a licensed practical nurse since 2011.

"We can't choose how we come into this world", he told reporters.

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