Hacienda HealthCare sex-assault victim was 3 when she entered facility, records show
A 29-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted and gave birth at a Phoenix health facility had been living there since age 3, court documents say.
Records say the woman, a resident of Hacienda de los Angeles, is "not alert" and needs a "maximum level of care." The woman recently gave birth while at Hacienda de los Angeles and is now in a hospital recuperating with her baby boy.
In all the medical reports filed with the court, the woman's rehabilitation potential, prognosis and potential for being discharged are always listed as "poor."
The Phoenix Police Department is conducting a sexual-assault investigation that has included getting DNA from male workers at the facility, which is part of the not-for-profit Arizona company Hacienda HealthCare.
Hacienda de los Angeles, 1402 E. South Mountain Ave., has heightened security for its patients since authorities learned about the Dec. 29 birth, officials with the Arizona Department of Health Services said.
The 60-bed facility is classified as "intermediate care" for people with intellectual disabilities. A Hacienda HealthCare skilled-nursing facility on the same campus is also under heightened security, state officials say.
The company's website describes its intermediate level facility as all-inclusive residential care, "for long-term, transition-to-home and short-term respite." The company's website also says it is the only privately owned intermediate-level care facility for people with intellectual disabilities in Arizona.
"Our state-of-the-art facility combined with a low patient-to-caregiver ratio allows our staff to provide the exceptional, compassionate care your loved one deserves," the website says.
'Unable to make any decisions'
The 112-pound woman is described in court documents as "incapacitated" and "unable to make any decisions or give consent due to her disability."
She is described in the most recent medical report filed with the court as having a brain injury, seizures, recurrent pneumonia and both feeding and breathing tubes. The report, filed in May, covered a one-year period from April 2017 to April 2018, documents show.
A medical exam performed by a court-appointed doctor April 16, 2018 — the most recent available medical records in the court file — noted nothing unusual about the woman's health.
The court documents are part of the woman's guardianship file. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge awarded the woman's mother guardianship in 2009, court records show. The mother typically visits her daughter twice per month, records show.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson says it's important to seek justice for an incapacitated woman who gave birth after a sexual assault inside a nursing facility. Brian Snyder, Arizona Republic
The woman is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, which issued a statement this week calling for justice to be served on the woman's behalf.
Phoenix police on Wednesday said the investigation could be a "long process" and are asking for the community's assistance in finding a perpetrator.
AzFamily.com, the CBS affiliate that broke the story, has quoted an anonymous source saying that the woman has been in the facility since a near-drowning.
William Timmons, a longtime top executive with Hacienda HealthCare who was CEO when the woman became pregnant and gave birth, resigned Monday.
The Phoenix Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact the department's violent-crimes bureau at 602-262-6141. To remain anonymous, call Silent Witness at 480-948-6377 or 480-837-8446 for Spanish.
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