Phoenix cen­ter faced prior in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Albuquerque Journal - - NEWS -

PHOENIX — Reg­u­la­tors wanted to re­move de­vel­op­men­tally dis­abled pa­tients from a Phoenix long-term care fa­cil­ity years be­fore a woman in a veg­e­ta­tive state gave birth, The Ari­zona Repub­lic re­ported Sun­day.

The Ha­cienda Health­Care faced a 2016 crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­legedly billing the state more than $4 mil­lion for bo­gus 2014 charges for wages, trans­porta­tion, house­keep­ing, main­te­nance and sup­plies.

The crim­i­nal case was dropped in 2017 and no charges were filed, the Repub­lic said, but a court bat­tle is con­tin­u­ing in an ef­fort to force Ha­cienda to turn over fi­nan­cial records.

Phoenix po­lice have said the 29-yearold woman in­ca­pac­i­tated since age 3 was sex­u­ally as­saulted and gave birth last month.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are col­lect­ing DNA from Ha­cienda’s male em­ploy­ees and oth­ers who may have had con­tact with the woman in an ef­fort to iden­tify a sus­pect.

The woman’s fam­ily said in a state­ment that they will care for the in­fant boy and have asked for pri­vacy.

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