Family of woman in vegetative state who gave birth at Hacienda HealthCare releases statement

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Hours after the state regulators demand Hacienda HealthCare make some major changes, the parents of the woman who was sexually assaulted and impregnated while in a vegetative state are speaking out.

The parents of patient, identified as a 29-year-old enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, have remained quiet in all of this, but has released some statements through their attorney.

In the latest statement released, the parents said, through their attorney:

"The victim's parents are aware of the recent press release by Hacienda's board and leadership announcing that attorney Rick Romley has been hired by Hacienda to conduct an investigation into the sexual abuse and neglect of their daughter. My clients trust that Mr. Romley's investigation will be as promised  fully transparent  and made available to them as the victims of this appalling tragedy. My clients also hope Mr. Romley's investigation will result in the changes at Hacienda necessary to prevent further abuse and neglect of its patients. Lastly, my clients were disappointed to see that in its press release Hacienda's leadership chose not to express any remorse or apology for Hacienda's inexcusable failure to protect and safeguard their vulnerable daughter."

The statement came, just hours after state leaders demanded a third party manager to oversee daily operations. The new manager will have 90 days to reassess each patients care plan, and if a new manager is not hired by January  23, Hacienda faces the possibility of losing its state contract.

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