Police within the US state of Arizona have launched a sexual assault investigation amid stories a affected person in a vegetative state for a decade gave delivery.

The girl is a affected person in a clinic run by Hacienda HealthCare close to Phoenix.

Hacienda HealthCare gave no particulars however mentioned it was conscious of a “deeply disturbing incident”.

An area CBS station mentioned the child was wholesome and quoted a supply as saying that workers had been unaware the girl was pregnant.

The girl has not been recognized.

A Phoenix police spokesman mentioned that “the matter is at present beneath investigation” however declined to say when the inquiry had began or to present any particulars of the case.

The CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV mentioned the girl had given delivery on 29 December.

It quoted a supply as saying: “Not one of the workers have been conscious that she was pregnant till she was just about giving delivery.”

The supply mentioned the girl required round the clock care and many individuals had entry to her room.

Protocol had modified, the supply mentioned, and now males should be accompanied by a girl on coming into the room of a feminine affected person.

A Hacienda HealthCare assertion learn that it had “lately grow to be conscious of a deeply disturbing incident involving the well being and security of a Hacienda resident”.

It mentioned it was absolutely co-operating with the authorities.

Hacienda Healthcare spokesman David Leibowitz added that the group was “absolutely dedicated to attending to the reality of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter”.

The Arizona Division of Well being Companies mentioned it had despatched inspectors to test on sufferers on the facility and had carried out “heightened security measures”.

On its website, Hacienda HealthCare says it offers look after “medically fragile and chronically ailing infants, kids, teenagers, and younger adults in addition to these with mental and developmental disabilities”.