Nurse arrested in case of incapacitated woman who gave birth at Arizona care facility
In a horrifying case, a nurse has been arrested in the case of an incapacitated woman who gave birth at an Arizona care facility.
According to reports, a nurse who was looking after an incapacitated woman at Hacienda Healthcare has been charged with raping her. The charges come just weeks after she shocked caregivers and family by giving birth to a baby boy.
Phoenix police revealed that investigators arrested 36-year-old Nathan Dorceus Sutherland in connection to the case. Sutherland is a licensed practical nurse.
#BREAKING: Authorities release the mugshot for 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, a nurse arrested for the sexual assault of an incapacitated woman at Hacienda Healthcare in #Phoenix. https://t.co/wN7ZvyGFRv pic.twitter.com/QesILa9BG6— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) January 23, 2019
Police revealed he was arrested for one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse. Other careworkers at the hospital insist they did not know the woman was pregnant.
"We owed this arrest to the victim. We owed this arrest to the newest member of our community - that innocent baby," Williams said.
You cannot convince me that all the workers at that facility were unaware of a small framed incapacitated woman was pregnant. Every worker failed that patient. Everyone deserves to be in jail. EVERYONE! #HaciendaHealthcare— ✭ JD ✭ (@Lambruzzca) January 23, 2019
The shocking birth late last month brought the safety and of patients at the facility into question. Hacienda Health Care was forced to undergo investigations from state agencies.
The ordeal brought into question the safety of the patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. It prompted authorities to test the DNA of all the men who worked at the facility to rule out possible suspects.
Police spokesman, Tommy Thompson said Sutherland was charged after his DNA results came back. He was a perfect match for the baby.
Sutherland's attorney is questioning the evidence. Sutherland had refused to take or give investigators a DNA sample forcing them to get a court order to obtain the DNA evidence.
Sutherland declined to speak with police and exercised his Fifth Amendment rights. The case has seen the departure of key figures at Hacienda HealthCare, including the CEO, one doctor who had cared for the woman resigned and another had been suspended.
Her parents released a statement on Tuesday explaining the woman was not vegetative but intellectually disabled because of seizures in early childhood. According to them, the woman cannot speak but has some mobility in her limbs, head, and neck and can respond to sound and make facial gestures.
Hacienda Healthcare said in a statement, "Every member of the Hacienda organization is troubled beyond words to think that a licensed practical nurse could be capable of seriously harming a patient. Once again, we offer an apology and send our deepest sympathies to the client and her family, to the community and to our agency partners at every level.
Nathan Sutherland, who held a current state of Arizona practical nurse’s license and who had undergone an extensive background check upon hiring – was terminated from Hacienda the moment our leadership team learned of his arrest. As we have since the first minutes of this police investigation, the Hacienda team will continue to cooperate with investigators from multiple agencies in every way possible.
We will do everything in our power to ensure justice in this case.
In the past two weeks, the Hacienda team has increased security measures to ensure the safety of all our patients. We will continue to do so. We also will continue to review and improve what is already an in-depth vetting process for caregivers at Hacienda. We will not tolerate any mistreatment of a Hacienda patient, nor will we stop until every Hacienda patient is as safe as we can make them. "