Nurse arrested in case of incapacitated woman who gave birth

Police say DNA testing of a nurse and the baby born to an incapacitated woman in Phoenix led them to charge the nurse with sexual assault of the woman.

News 12 Staff

Jan 23, 2019, 3:57 PM

Updated 1,967 days ago

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on the arrest of a suspect charged with sexual assault in the case of an incapacitated woman who gave birth at a long-term health care facility (all times local):
8:30 a.m.

Police say DNA testing of a nurse and the baby born to an incapacitated woman in Phoenix led them to charge the nurse with sexual assault of the woman.

Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson said Wednesday that investigators obtained a court order to collect DNA from the licensed practical nurse, Nathan Sutherland.
Authorities say Sutherland was one of the caregivers for the woman at the Hacienda HealthCare center where she lived.

The 29-year-old victim has been incapacitated since the age of 3 and gave birth to a boy at the facility on Dec. 29.

Employees have said they had no idea she was pregnant.

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8:20 a.m.

Phoenix police say a licensed practical nurse has been arrested on a charge of sexual assault in the impregnation of an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month at a long-term health care facility.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said Wednesday that investigators arrested 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland on one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse.

Williams says Sutherland worked at the Hacienda HealthCare facility where the woman lived and had been providing care to her.

The 29-year-old victim has been incapacitated since the age of 3 and gave birth to a boy at the facility on Dec. 29.

Employees said they had no idea she was pregnant. Court records say her last known physical was in April.
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