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Man charged in case involving woman in vegetative state

Hawaii residents may have heard about the story of the woman who gave birth while in a vegetative state in an Arizona nursing home. A 36-year-old man who worked as a nurse at the facility has been taken into custody. He was charged with sexual assault as well as vulnerable adult abuse. The man had worked at the Hacienda Health facility since 2011.

Authorities say that a variety of tactics were used to determine who to take into custody. One of those tactics was to conduct a DNA test on the child and compare it to a DNA sample obtained from the employee. The man who was taken into custody did not make a statement, and he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself. At a court hearing, a judge ordered his release on $500,000 cash bond and ordered him to appear again on Jan. 30.

According to a statement from the facility, employees did not know that the woman was pregnant. It was reported that her last physical exam took place in April 2018. The facility also could not say if the woman had not been abused before or after the time that she got pregnant. The 29-year-old woman had been in a vegetative state since she was 3 years old.

Those who are victims of sexual abuse could be entitled to compensation for medical bills or other damages. This may be true whether the assault occurred in a health care facility or anywhere else. An attorney could help to gather evidence, such as victim statements or statements made by the alleged perpetrator. This may make it possible for a victim to obtain a favorable outcome during a jury trial or settlement talks.

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