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Nurse Charged With Assault of Disabled Native Woman, Raising Questions About How to Keep Patients Safe


February 4, 2019

Last December, an incapacitated Native woman in Arizona gave birth unexpectedly at a long-term care facility in a case that’s drawn national outcry. Phoenix police arrested 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland last Tuesday and charged him with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse after police linked his DNA to the newborn baby boy.

The case in Arizona raises a specter no one wants to believe: that the very people who tend to the needs of others, around the clock and seven days a week, may ultimately be responsible for victims’ harm. In turn, it poses difficult questions about the level of oversight and accountability afforded to patients in long-term care facilities.


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