A Arizona man was charged following an investigation that began in October. He allegedly committed a sexual act in a Phoenix Hospital.
FOX 10, Phoenix, reported that Randall Scott Bird, 46 years old, was arrested on Nov. 28 and charged with crimes against a deceased person. This is a class four felony in Arizona.
After receiving information about possible crimes committed against a deceased person, police were called to the Banner University Medical Center on October 24.
Bird worked as a security officer at the hospital. According to court documents, one of his responsibilities was to participate in the morgue’s intake process.
Documents from the court show that the intake process takes about 15 minutes. It involves taking control of bodies brought to the morgue and verifying their identity. The body is then placed in a large freezer, where it will remain until claimed by a family member.
Investigators have learned that security officers are not permitted to open the body bags but are responsible for moving them and placing them in freezer shelves.
Bird’s alleged victims was identified as a woman aged 79 who died from natural causes. Bird was left with the woman’s corpse at the morgue, which was opened at 4:35 am on October 22.
Two security guards were reportedly seen in court documents going to the morgue for intake duties about an hour after Bird had arrived.
The two guards noticed that the main entrance to the morgue had been locked from the inside. They thought this was unusual. The guards noticed that the freezer was also cracked when they unlocked it.
The station noted that witnesses had seen [Bird] in the freezer. He was sweating profusely, and he was acting very anxious. They said that [Bird] removed his duty belt and they saw it on top of the gurney, where a deceased body had been placed in a bag. The zipper of [Bird]’s uniform pants was open and his uniform appeared to be a mess.
Investigators learned that the body bag had been completely unzipped, and the woman was lying face down in the bag. This is not what witnesses have ever seen.
Witnesses told investigators that a part of the victim was exposed and her hospital gown had been rolled up.
The court documents stated that “[Bird] began making statements about fainting and having a medical event, and claimed to have grabbed the body of the victim as he fell.” “He said the bag had ripped open and the zipper was broken. The witnesses stated that neither the bag or the zipper was broken.
Documents from the court continued, “Witnesses stated that they were [concerned about] the irregularities and reported the incident to supervisor.” Police were contacted and an internal investigation initiated.
The body of the victim was taken to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office where evidence was collected. It was then sent to a laboratory for analysis.
After being told his Miranda Rights by investigators, Bird said that he was involved in a medical incident while he was inside the morgue’s freezer, but had no memory of it.
Bird was searched by detectives, who collected DNA samples. He was then allegedly linked to the crime after a DNA test.
Bird was charged and the Maricopa County Judge set his bail at $10,000. If he posted the bond, there would be several restrictions including that he could not return to the morgue.
The preliminary hearing will be held on Dec. 7,
Banner Health officials have not responded to Fox News Digital’s inquiries on the issue, but did reply to FOX 10 saying that they were “saddened” and “appalled” at the alleged acts of “an individual.”
“Banner team members recently identified and reported concerning behaviors of an employee at the hospital morgue. Banner conducted an internal investigation and filed a police report. The employee was terminated. “Banner Health is committed to maintaining high standards, which require that each member of our team treat every person, regardless of their age, with dignity and respect.
We are grateful for all the work done by the Phoenix Police Department to investigate and handle this case, and will continue our cooperation with law enforcement. We will not comment further at this time out of respect for the families.”