Former nurse arrested after woman in vegetative state gives birth

PHOENIX (January 23, 2019) – Police in Arizona have arrested a former nurse after a woman gave birth while in a vegetative state. The woman had been a patient at the facility for at least 10 years after a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state. Nathan Sutherland, 36, was arrested after the Phoenix Police Department obtained a DNA sample from him and the baby. He was immediately booked into the Maricopa County Jail without bond and charged with one count of vulnerable adult abuse and one count of sexual assault. Sutherland had been a licensed practical nurse at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix since 2011 and was reportedly responsible for caring for the woman at the time of the alleged abuse that caused the pregnancy, ABC News reports.  The woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Dec. 29. Hacienda Healthcare released a statement following the birth, describing the incident as “deeply disturbing.” The healthcare facility says they were…

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