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Nurse arrested over US care home patient pregnancy

A nurse in Arizona has been charged with sexual assault after a vulnerable patient under his care gave birth.

The suspect has been named as Nathan Sutherland, 36, who worked at the Hacienda Healthcare clinic.

The 29-year-old patient, who has reportedly been in the care of the clinic since she was a toddler, gave birth on 29 December.

Staff at the facility said at the time that they were unaware she was pregnant until she went into labour.

The child, a boy, is now in the care of the patient’s family and is said to be doing well.

“We can’t always choose how we come into this life, but we as a community can choose to love this child,” Police Sgt Tommy Thompson told reporters.

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