Nursing home staff failed to protect woman in vegetative state

Months of negligence and oversight endangered the lives of mother and baby

Although the investigation has not concluded, it is difficult to imagine a situation other than sexual assault that would have resulted in the victim becoming pregnant and giving birth. In addition, it is reported that neither staff or family was aware that she was pregnant until she went into labor.

The 29-year-old woman, who requires a high level of specialized care by a large team of staffers, had no way to defend herself against her attacker or notify staffers that she was experiencing labor pains. It is highly unlikely that her entire staff failed to notice that she was eight or nine months pregnant while receiving round-the-clock care, indicating either willful neglect or an attempt to hide the pregnancy and possibly the criminal who attacked her.

The victim received no recorded prenatal care, and if it weren't for her moaning, staff may not have assisted with her labor. This level of neglect risked the lives of both the mother and her son for months on end, resulting in an unknown breadth of pain and suffering. Her son could experience lifelong effects, especially with the criminal's unknown genetic history.

The facility and the criminal must be held accountable

Unfortunately, this victim is not the first vulnerable person to be abused in an assisted living facility. If the victim had not become pregnant, her abuse, like that of so many others, may never have been discovered. She may have been attacked multiple times over days, months or years. What is known is that her family thought she was in safe place that would protect her, as so many of us trust facilities to protect our own loved ones.

The facility is taking extra measures to protect the well-being of its other residents, but this case will forever affect the trust between families and advanced care facilities.

Months of negligence and oversight endangered the lives of mother and baby

Although the investigation has not concluded, it is difficult to imagine a situation other than sexual assault that would have resulted in the victim becoming pregnant and giving birth. In addition, it is reported that neither staff or family was aware that she was pregnant until she went into labor.

The 29-year-old woman, who requires a high level of specialized care by a large team of staffers, had no way to defend herself against her attacker or notify staffers that she was experiencing labor pains. It is highly unlikely that her entire staff failed to notice that she was eight or nine months pregnant while receiving round-the-clock care, indicating either willful neglect or an attempt to hide the pregnancy and possibly the criminal who attacked her.

The victim received no recorded prenatal care, and if it weren't for her moaning, staff may not have assisted with her labor. This level of neglect risked the lives of both the mother and her son for months on end, resulting in an unknown breadth of pain and suffering. Her son could experience lifelong effects, especially with the criminal's unknown genetic history.

The facility must be held accountable

Unfortunately, this victim is not the first vulnerable person to be abused in an assisted living facility. If the victim had not become pregnant, her abuse, like that of so many others, may never have been discovered. She may have been attacked multiple times over days, months or years. What is known is that her family thought she was in safe place that would protect her.

The facility is taking extra measures to protect the well-being of its other residents, but this case will forever affect the trust between families and advanced care facilities.

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