A former nursing home nurse in Arizona has pleaded guilty to molesting a vulnerable woman who subsequently gave birth to his kid.
Nathan Sutherland, 39, also pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting the woman at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a lifetime probation at his Nov. 4 sentencing.
The woman was in a vegetative state due to childhood seizures. She had been at the facility since 2002 after a near drowning incident and her family said she is able to move parts of her body, make facial gestures and respond to sound.
Hacienda HealthCare is an intermediate care institution for adults with intellectual disabilities with 60 beds.
According to medical experts, the woman had been sexually assaulted multiple times and was most certainly pregnant more than once.
Doctors and nurses at the facility stated they didn’t realise she was pregnant until they changed her clothes and discovered she was in active labour in 2018. She had a newborn boy, who is now in the care of the woman’s parents.
Police connected Sutherland to the assault after matching his DNA to the baby’s. The woman had been in Sutherland’s care numerous times between 2012 and 2018 despite her family saying they had assurances from the facility that only women would take care of their daughter.