Pregnant Teen Slain With Baby Ripped Out By Fellow Woman
WARNING: The following story is highly distressing and may be disturbing for some.
A pregnant woman has been strangled and her baby cut from her womb after responding to a facebook offer of free baby clothes.
The newborn is in grave condition and not expected to survive.
Three people have been charged after the missing pregnant woman was found dead on Chicago’s Southwest Side, according to police.
The body of Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was found early on Wednesday behind the house.
The 19-year-old posted in the 'Help a Sister Out' Facebook group and was allegedly abducted by a woman while meeting to pick up baby clothes for her unborn baby due in May.
The nine months pregnant woman was last seen leaving her high school on April 23, the same day paramedics were called to the home several kilometres away on the Southwest Side about a newborn with problems breathing.
"We believe that she was murdered, and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder," police say, calling it an "unspeakable act of violence".
According to WLS-TV, a 911 dispatcher reported that a 46-year-old woman had called to say that she had given birth 10 minutes earlier and the baby was pale and blue and not breathing.
The family of Ochoa-Uriostegui, a married mother of a three-year-old son, said a woman named on Facebook named Clarisa Figueroa had lured her to the home by offering a stroller and baby clothes.
"She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretence that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes," said Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the family.
Here is the screen grab of #MarlenOchoa communicating with a woman that claimed she had new baby boy clothes. The social media group is for moms who want to trade baby items. The woman told Marlene she could come to this area where 4 people were taken into custody. @fox32news pic.twitter.com/l44sl3rrXJ— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) May 15, 2019
Ochoa-Uriostegui's family had been looking for her since her disappearance more than three weeks ago, organising search parties, holding news conferences and pushing police for updates on the investigation.
According to the family, a GoFundMe page was set up by the woman who claims Marlen's baby boys is hers. The woman said in the post that she gave birth the same day Marlen went missing, however DNA results proved otherwise.
Clarisa Figueroa posted on @gofundme that her baby was ill. The baby belonged to #MarlenOchoa according to police. Clarisa is charged along with her daughter, she assisted in strangling the 19yo according to CPD. Burned clothes, bleach, and blood was found in the home. @fox32news pic.twitter.com/luqN5Tuhly— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) May 16, 2019
Here’s the pulled @gofundme page that gofundme says Clarisa Figueroa created. The post goes on to say that Clarisa gave birth on April 23rd and she experienced abnormal labor, calling 911. Police say that was the day Clarisa cut #MarlenOchoa’s baby boy out of her womb. @fox32news pic.twitter.com/DvYc4r9R4j— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) May 16, 2019
Clarisa Figueroa admitted in her gofundme post that is now pulled, that she called 911 saying she’d given birth. Here is the 911 dispatcher sending help after that call was made. #MarlenOchoa https://t.co/0zB884AjgD pic.twitter.com/4AV0b3zS89— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) May 16, 2019
Her husband, Yiovanni Lopez, visited his son at the hospital and named him Yadiel, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
This is #MarlenOchoa’s baby boy. Send him well wishes as he fights for his life in the hospital. Little Yavani Yadiel Lopez deserves all of our love considering how he was brought into this world. We all wish you a full recovery. @fox32news pic.twitter.com/cSaGr8jnXW— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) May 16, 2019
"Why did these people, why did these bad people, do this? She did nothing to them," Lopez told WLS. "She was a good person."