Lawyer: No Proof Nurse Raped Arizona Patient Who Had Baby

National Hacienda Healthcare: Arrest has been made amid sexual assault investigation, Phoenix police say

Lawyer: No Proof Nurse Raped Arizona Patient Who Had Baby

The woman, who has been intellectually and mentally incapacitated after an accident at age three, gave birth to a boy in late December.

PEOPLE confirmed the judge denied Gregan's request to reduce Sutherland's $500,000 cash-only bond, and he remains in Maricopa County jail.

"I know at this point there's DNA". He did not enter a plea.

According to Fox News, Sutherland is being charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse. He also noted that should the families or caretakers of other patients bring to their attention concerns of other instances of abuse, they will take up those lines of investigation. Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said on January 23, 2019, that investigators arrested Sutherland on one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse. While speaking to the Associated Press, one of the Sutherland family's neighbors, Esella Burr, said, "I can't believe it".

The attorney for the nurse whose DNA was matched with the baby of an incapacitated woman at a long-term health-care facility says there is still no proof his client raped the victim. "He told me he was a nurse and he liked his job".

Governor Doug Ducey posted a thread of tweets slamming Hacienda HealthCare, the company that employed licensed practical nurse Nathan Sutherland and which runs the facility where the woman was being cared for. The facility said he passed an extensive background check, a fact they are "troubled" by. His wife filed for divorce seven weeks ago, saying their marriage was broken beyond fix, the news station reported.

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And she said that staff members didn't always follow a policy of checking in on patients every 15 minutes. As her guardian, the woman's mother was required to submit an annual report to the court that included results of a medical exam. The case has prompted the departure or discipline of key figures at Hacienda HealthCare, including the CEO.

Police are investigating whether there are any more victims at an Arizona care home where a quadriplegic patient gave birth after being raped.

Sutherland was reportedly responsible for caring for the victim at the time the sexual assault occurred.

"Bill Timmons served as the CEO of Hacienda Healthcare for almost 30 years. While Timmons attracted controversy and detractors, his years-long advocacy for Hacienda's clients and their families helped fuel the growth of the company and increase its ability to change lives for the better", the statement said.

The woman, 29, is unable to speak, has limited mobility in her limbs and face and is unable to breathe or feed herself without assistance. "Their daughter responds to sound and is able to make facial gestures".

The parents declined to comment on Sutherland's arrest in a separate statement issued through their attorney. Sutherland is the father of that baby, authorities say. While speaking to NBC News, Pastor Mosley said, "That was back in the early days, him and his sister had a rap act".

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