Male nurse accused of rape after woman in vegetative state gives birth
A woman who was in a vegetative state for many years randomly gave birth in December which prompted an investigation into who raped her. The woman has been incapacitated for decades, not being able to move her limbs and requiring 24-hour care. Nurse were shocked when she began moaning and then started giving birth, because no one had any idea she was pregnant. After she gave birth, an investigation was prompted and people gave DNA samples to determine who assaulted her.
The baby's DNA matched the DNA of male nurse named Nathan Sutherland, 36. He was booked and refused to give an interview, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.
6 ABC reported:
Nathan Sutherland, 36, was a licensed practical nurse at Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility, where the woman gave birth.
The female patient had been in a vegetative state facility for at least 14 years after a near-drowning incident.
She stunned workers when she went into labor on Dec. 29 because they didn't know she was pregnant.
Police obtained a DNA sample from Sutherland on Tuesday. He was not working at the time.
He was responsible for caring for the victim and had access to her at the time of the incident.
On Jan. 22, authorities determined that Sutherland's DNA matched the baby's and he was detained.
He was booked in the Maricopa County Jail on one count of vulnerable adult abuse and one count of sexual assault.
He will likely end up in prison for a very long time.
It's a shame when people who are hired to take care of others are the people who hurt them the worst.