Authorities request DNA from male employees in vegetative birth probe

Posted at 7:41 AM, Jan 10, 2019

(KPNX) The Phoenix Police Department is asking for DNA from all male employees at the healthcare facility where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth last month.

Hacienda Healthcare said it wanted to DNA test its employees and consulted with a legal team who said the facility could not make employees do it.

Police served a search warrant on Tuesday for those tests, the facility said.

The woman, who has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, gave birth on December 29 at a Hacienda Healthcare facility.

The woman’s family retained a lawyer, who released a statement Tuesday saying that the family is “outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare,” and is not emotionally ready to speak publicly about the matter.

The lawyer also said in the statement that the family asked him to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for.

Police confirmed Thursday that a sexual assault investigation was launched immediately after the baby’s birth.

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