Cops fear there are MORE victims at care home where quadriplegic woman gave birth 'after being raped by Christian nurse'

Cops are continuing to probe the Hacienda Healthcare centre following the arrest of nurse Nathan Sutherland on suspicion of raping a patient.


Sutherland has been charged with rape after a severely disabled woman, 29, gave birth to a baby boy and DNA tests revealed he was the dad in Phoenix, Arizona.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been at the centre since she was three years old after seizures left her "intellectually disabled".

Cops in Phoenix confirmed investigations in the care home are ongoing.

Her parents released a statement that specified she does not speak but has some mobility in her limbs, head and neck, responds to sound and can make out facial gestures.

They said that whilst she is severely mentally disabled and requires feeding and breathing tubes – she is conscious and can respond to the world around her.

DNA MATCH

They said: "She has feelings, likes to be read to, enjoys soft music and is capable of responding to people she is familiar with, especially family."

Doctors claim they were unaware she was pregnant until she gave birth last month.

Cops are reportedly investigating whether recently divorced Sutherland assaulted any other patients or if anyone else was involved.

Phoenix police spokesman Sergeant Tommy Thompson added: "We have no indication that there were other people involved, but again, this is an ongoing investigation.

"We may not know how many times this occurred.

"We can’t always choose the way we come into this life, but this community can choose to love this baby. I’m told the baby is fine."

This community can choose to love this baby

Sutherland, who was described by his lawyer as a "devout Christian", said there was no evidence linking him directly to the crime.

He remained quiet and refused to enter a plea when he appeared in court on Wednesday.

The care home said it fired Sutherland as soon as he was arrested and put new safety measures in place as well as conducting their own investigation.

In the wake of the case, bosses at Hacienda HealthCare were disciplined or left the company – including CEO William Timmons.

INCREASED SECURITY MEASURES

In a statement, they said: "In the past two weeks, the Hacienda team has increased security measures to ensure the safety of all our patients. We will continue to do so.

The victim's primary care doctor, Dr Thanh Nguyen, was suspended without pay until a full internal investigation is carried out.

I think he is the lowest scum imaginable because I considered him a friend

The baby has been released from the hospital and the woman's family have said they will care for him, according to Tommy Thompson from Phoenix police.

Sutherland's lawyer said there was no evidence linking him directly to the crime.

Fellow nurse Eleanor Riggers, who helped Sutherland care for the victim in the case, has said she is shaken because he appeared to be a fun man who was liked by almost everyone.

"I cried. I just cried and cried. I think he is a coward. I think he is the lowest scum imaginable because I considered him a friend," Ms Riggers said.

She also worried about the other patients in the same wing as the victim, whom Sutherland had to care for as well.

The nurse said there were many women who were about the same age as the victim in that wing, and just like the victim, some were not able to communicate verbally.

Hacienda HealthCare employees said they had no idea the woman was pregnant.

Court records say her last known physical examination was last April.






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