In Summary
  • A lawyer for the woman's family said the infant "has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for," according to the New York Times.
  • The CEO of the nursing facility resigned this week following the scandal, according to a statement sent to media.

LOS ANGELES,

Arizona police said Wednesday they have opened an sex assault investigation after a woman who has been in a coma for more than a decade gave birth to a baby boy at a nursing facility in Phoenix.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe, the Native American tribe to which the woman belongs, said in a statement that she "has been in a persistent vegetative state and coma for over a decade" and gave birth "while still in a coma."

To find the possible assailant, police in the south-western US state are comparing DNA samples from the baby with male employees at the Hacienda Del Sol care centre, where the 29-year-old woman was a patient.

The mother and baby are "recovering" after being taken to a local hospital soon after the December 29 birth, according to police.

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