Facility where severely disabled Arizona woman was impregnated will close

(CNN)The group that operates an Arizona health care facility where a severely disabled woman was impregnated last year will close the unit, Hacienda HealthCare said Thursday. Earlier this week, the former Hacienda HealthCare nurse accused of sexual assault in the case pleaded not guilty in a Maricopa County court. Nathan Sutherland, 36, is being held on $500,000 bail and will make his next court appearance during a March 19 pretrial conference, said Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman Bryan Bouchard. The alleged victim, who CNN is not naming because police are investigating the case as a sexual assault, had been at the long-term-care facility since 1992. She has been relocated. Now 29, her family says she suffers significant intellectual disabilities as …

A Georgia lawmaker proposes ‘testicular bill of rights’ in objection to abortion bill moving through state legislature

(CNN)A Georgia lawmaker is proposing a law that would make it an “aggravated assault” for men to have sex without a condom, and would require men to obtain permission from their sexual partner before seeking a prescription for Viagra or similar erectile dysfunction drugs. She highlighted the proposal during a radio interview on Georgia Public Broadcasting on Tuesday afternoon. “If the state of Georgia is going to be concerned with regulating women’s reproductive rights, I think it’s only fitting that we also do that for men’s reproductive rights,” she said, adding that her proposal “really is to draw attention to what I think is an absurdity.” She’s responding to proposed abortion restrictions Kendrick’s idea comes after Georgia’s House of Representatives …

Ex-nurse accused of impregnating a severely disabled Arizona woman pleads not guilty

(CNN)The former Hacienda HealthCare nurse accused of impregnating a severely disabled woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Maricopa County, Arizona, court. Now 29, her family says she suffers significant intellectual disabilities as a result of seizures during her childhood. Though the bedridden woman is nonverbal, she has some ability to move her extremities, responds to sound and can make facial gestures, her family says. She also has breathing and feeding tubes. Her mother was appointed her legal guardian in 2009.

Some members of Colorado family may have been strangled, court documents reveal

(CNN)New court documents filed in the case of a Colorado man suspected of killing his pregnant wife and their two daughters suggest that some of the victims may have been strangled. They also asked the court to allow defense expert Richard Eikelenboom to take swabs from the bodies. “I have a lot experience taking samples from dead bodies getting good results after strangulation,” Eikelenbloom wrote to the court. “The hands of the children should be sampled as well.” It is unclear whether a judge ordered the coroner’s officer to swab for DNA. The first motion, according to documents, was filed 20 minutes before the autopsies were scheduled to begin. Defense attorneys did not indicate in the court filings what motivated …

Handcuffs, assaults, and drugs called ‘vitamins’: Children allege grave abuse at migrant detention facilities

(CNN)A year before the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy resulted in more than 2,300 children being separated from their families at the border in a mere five-week period, a ninth-grader in McAllen, Texas, was taken from his mother. But John Doe 2 landed in a far more troubled corner of the system, according to a first-person sworn declaration in a current legal motion against the federal government for unlawful and inappropriate detainment of children. His account is one of dozens describing overloaded and secretive shelters, treatment centers and secure detention facilities for undocumented minors, which at their worst have allegedly been home to neglect, assault and other horrific abuse. The allegations in these documents, as well as recent facility inspection reports …