Massachusetts Man Charged In Rape Of Comatose Patient Who Gave Birth

Massachusetts Man Charged In Rape Of Comatose Patient Who Gave Birth – Brief Article

A woman in a years-long coma who gave birth to a baby last fall was raped by a registered nurse’s aide who worked at her nursing home since 1995, prosecutors charged.

Israel Moret, 37, of Lawrence, MA, was arrested on suspicion of raping the 24-year-old patient at Town Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The woman, who authorities have not identified because she is a rape victim, was moved to another undisclosed facility in Lawrence.

Formerly of Londonderry, NH, the woman has been in a drug-induced coma since 1995.

Nursing home workers only discovered the rape in October when they realized the woman was pregnant. She gave birth to a baby girl on Oct. 23-14 weeks premature. The baby apparently suffered brain damage and was in critical condition, at JET press time, at New England Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.

The woman’s parents are seeking legal guardianship of their daughter and custody of her baby.

Prosecutors said Moret was implicated by DNA tests. He was fired and arraigned on charges of rape and abuse of a patient in a long-term care facility. He pleaded innocent and bail was set at $100,000.

Moret has a clean record, according to state Department of Public Health spokesman Mark Leccese, and has never had a patient file a complaint against him.

Town Manor is one of 35 nursing homes in Massachusetts that is managed by Sunrise, a nationwide company based in New Mexico.

“We are shocked and dismayed that an employee has been implicated,” the company said in a statement released.

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