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The Latest: Comatose woman’s family has hopes for review

January 17, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a woman in a vegetative state who gave birth at an Arizona care facility (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

The parents of an Arizona woman in a vegetative state who gave birth as a result of a rape hope an outside review of the facility where she lived will lead to change.

In a statement Wednesday, attorney John Micheaels says the woman’s family expects the independent review of management practices and procedures to be transparent and prevent further patient abuse.

Hacienda HealthCare has hired former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley to lead the investigation.

Micheaels says the family is also disappointed the leaders of Hacienda HealthCare have not apologized for their “inexcusable failure” to protect their daughter.

The victim has been in a vegetative state since age 3.

Phoenix police launched a criminal investigation when she gave birth Dec. 29.

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3:40 p.m.

An Arizona care facility where a woman in a vegetative state was raped and then gave birth must relinquish control to an outside party.

Hacienda HealthCare officials say state regulators ordered them Wednesday to hire an independent management team to run the Phoenix facility.

In a statement, Hacienda’s board of directors says it is taking the matter under advisement.

Police have been investigating since a comatose patient gave birth Dec. 29 to the shock of staff, who did not know she was pregnant.

The incident led to the provider’s CEO resigning. Hacienda, meanwhile, has hired a former Phoenix county attorney to lead a separate probe of patient-security.

The facility serves infants, children and young adults who are “medically fragile” or have developmental disabilities, according to its website.