Nurse arrested for sexually assaulting incapacitated woman who gave birth at health care facility

PHOENIX — 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.

Mugshot for Hacienda HealthCare sexual assault suspect Nathan Sutherland. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

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.

Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson said Wednesday that investigators obtained a court order to collect DNA from the nurse. The suspect was matched with the baby through DNA testing, police said.

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.

According to police, the baby boy is “doing quite well” and is believed to have been released from the hospital.

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