Licensed practical nurse Nathan Sutherland was arrested Tuesday on a rape allegation. In December, a 29-year-old incapacitated women at the Hacienda Healthcare facility in Phoenix, Arizona, unexpectedly went into labor and gave birth to a child. Police were first alerted to the incident when a staff member called 911 saying “one of our patients had a baby and we had no idea she was pregnant.”  

Since the birth, police have been on the search for the patient’s rapist. Police began their search by collecting DNA samples from all male workers at Hacienda Healthcare. When Sutherland’s sample tied him to the infant, a warrant was issued, and he was arrested.

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News of the arrest brought relief to some, and sparked fear in others.

According to patients and their families, Sutherland was one of the kindest nurses at the facility. He always appeared extremely caring and attentive to patients. Now, with the rape allegation, those who interacted with Sutherland think his compassion must have been a ruse.

Following the arrest, patients are leaving Hacienda Healthcare facility at an increasing rate. Families no longer feel safe leaving their loved ones.

Hacienda Healthcare terminated Sutherland’s employment immediately following his arrest Tuesday. They issued a statement on Wednesday explaining their hiring policies, their concern for the situation and ended stating, “We will not tolerate any mistreatment of a Hacienda patient, nor will we stop until every Hacienda patient is as safe as we can make them.”