PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Three weeks before a woman living a vegetative state at a Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility, unexpectedly gave birth, the wife of the suspected rapist filed for divorce, according to court records.

Nathan Sutherland's wife filed the initial divorce petition on Dec. 5, claiming that their marriage was broken beyond repair.

Sutherland was a caregiver at Hacienda HealthCare where the defenseless woman gave birth to a baby boy on Dec. 29.

[ORIGINAL EXCLUSIVE STORY: Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix]

Police arrested Sutherland Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault, assault on a vulnerable adult; he is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.

[READ MORE: Police arrest 36-year-old nurse in Hacienda HealthCare rape]

He was fired as soon as Hacienda HealthCare learned of his arrest.

According to the divorce filings, Sutherland is a licensed practical nurse.

[MORE: Who is the nurse arrested for sexual assault at Hacienda HealthCare?]

The couple also co-owns a catering company that specializes in weddings, corporate functions and other special occasions.

They were married in November 2012, about six months after Sutherland finalized the divorce from his first marriage.

Sutherland has two children from that first marriage; they are 12 and 13 years old.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Hacienda Healthcare investigation]


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JF Conlon

Now we all know that a person does not have to be literate in order to become an LPN in Arizona. The doctors working there missed her pregnancy, and now are waffling on just how "vegetative" the patient actually was. What a dreadful mess!


So, there are lots of victims. I understand that his attorney has asked for an independent DNA test, which is perfectly reasonable. But if he's proved to be the one in court, I wonder if the law would really take into account all of the people affected.

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