The patient, who gave birth Dec. 29, was a resident at Hacienda HealthCare’s facility called Hacienda de los Angeles. Hacienda de los Angeles is described in state records as a 60-bed, intermediate-level care facility for people with intellectual disabilities.
Azfamily.com last week reported that a woman who was left in a vegetative state after a near-drowning more than 10 years ago became pregnant while she was a patient at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix.
Both the Arizona Department of Health Services and Hacienda HealthCare confirmed the pregnancy and birth, but not the woman’s condition.
When asked whether they were asked to take custody of the infant born to the Hacienda HealthCare patient, officials with the Arizona Department of Child Safety would not comment. The baby was born healthy, according to several media reports.
In a statement, officials with Hacienda HealthCare said that on Tuesday, Phoenix police investigators served a search warrant on the company to obtain DNA from male Hacienda HealthCare staff members.
“As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation,” the statement says.
The company says it had considered doing its own DNA testing of employees. But company officials say they were advised by their attorneys that genetic testing of employees, whether mandatory or voluntary, would violate federal law.
“Hacienda stands committed to doing everything in our power to bring this police investigation to a quick conclusion,” the company statement says. “We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation.”