PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- An official with the City of Phoenix has confirmed to FOX 10 that Phoenix Police are investigating new allegations of an assault inside Hacienda HealthCare.
The facility has been the focus on international media attention, since a child was born to a woman in vegetative state at the facility late December. The woman has been identified as a 29-year-old enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, and the incident is being investigated by Phoenix Police as a sexual assault.
According to sources, a patient recently told a social worker that two staff members struck her in the face and arms multiple times over the past few months. The social worker then brought the allegations to police.
According to the source, there are no signs of injury at this point, but FOX 10 has confirmed that an active investigation is ongoing.
On Friday, officials with Hacienda HealthCare provided further details on the allegations in a statement.
"Yesterday afternoon during a survey of Hacienda’s ICF-ID unit by federal and state auditors, one patient - a woman who suffers from a serious intellectual disability - made an allegation of abuse against two female staffers, a registered nurse and a certified caregiver."
"The patient, who has a history of attention-seeking behavior, claimed she had been yelled at by the staff members and struck in the head and arm."
"As we always do when such claims are made, Hacienda acted immediately and proactively. Leadership immediately called police, state regulatory agencies and the patient’s legal guardian. The staffers - both of whom denied the allegations and both of whom have spotless records - were put on administrative leave within minutes."
"The patient was immediately given a full and thorough medical examination. She displayed no signs of injury or abuse whatsoever."
"Regardless, our internal investigation will continue. We will also cooperate fully with law-enforcement and the agencies involved."