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Workers at facility where patient was raped suspected family

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 16:27:48-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Police reports say some employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where an incapacitated patient was raped had suspected members of the victim's family could be responsible for the crime.

The suspicions were voiced in the weeks before a nurse at Hacienda Healthcare was charged in the rape.

Several employees, when asked by police, said they believed the culprit was a relative, fellow employee or construction worker renovating the facility.

Others voluntarily suggested a relative could be responsible.

A report says a facility official noted the victim was a member of the San Carlos Apache tribe and said that "incest is common on the reservation."

The report said the official seemed to be referring to the possibility that a relative could be responsible.

Police declined to identify the official.