PHOENIX, Aizona (ABC News 15) – Phoenix police say a nurse has been arrested in connection with a patient who gave birth after a sexual assault at Hacienda Healthcare.
The victim, an incapacitated woman who's 29 years old, had been at the facility since she was 3 years old.
ABC15 was the 1st Valley news organization to break the news of an arrest on Wednesday morning.
A licensed practical nurse at the facility, 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, has been charged with 1 count of sexual assault and 1 count of vulnerable adult abuse.
According to court paperwork released Wednesday, Sutherland "worked around the victim and treated her on numerous occasions and thus had direct access to her for an extended period of time."
Police were originally alerted of the incident when staff at the health facility called for help when a patient gave birth to a baby who needed immediate medical attention.
A nurse who cared for the victim during her delivery said in a 911 call that she was unaware that the patient was pregnant.
Officials took the patient and her newborn baby to the hospital for treatment. Both were said to be recovering and in good condition. A police spokesperson said Wednesday that the baby was still doing "quite well."
The victim’s family’s attorney released a statement Tuesday giving more insight into her condition.
Family clarified that their daughter wasn't in a coma, but suffers "significant intellectual disabilities" after childhood seizures.
A lawyer representing the victim’s family has said the family was outraged at the "neglect of their daughter."
Sutherland met with police on Tuesday. Police took DNA samples from him, that provided a match between him and the victim’s baby.
Sutherland reportedly worked at the facility since 2011 and is believed to be at least partially responsible for the victim’s care when the assault occurred.
He was booked into jail Wednesday on 1 count of sexual assault and 1 count of vulnerable adult abuse.
In his initial court appearance around 11:40 am, a judge set a $500,000 cash bond. If bond's posted, he'll be placed on house arrest with an ankle monitor.
*The Daily Mail reported that Sutherland grew up in a Haitian orphanage and "regularly tours local churches to perform Christian rap songs in the group ‘SLEEPLESSOULJAZ’, alongside his sister."
The victim's a quadriplegic. The investigation's ongoing, as detectives believe there maybe more victims at the facility.