Baby ripped from womb not expected to survive

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Latest: 9:30 am, 5/16/19, Thursday 

CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police and family members said.

The newborn was in grave condition and not expected to survive, and three people were taken into custody, with charges including murder to be filed Thursday afternoon, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

The body of 19-year old Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was found early Wednesday behind the house. 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 miles 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,” Guglielmi said, 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 3-year old son, said a woman on Facebook had lured her to the home by offering a stroller and baby clothes.

“She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretense that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes,” said Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the family.

Ochoa-Uriostegui’s family has been looking for her since her disappearance more than three weeks ago, organizing search parties, holding news conferences and pushing police for updates on the investigation.

Her husband, Yiovanni Lopez, visited his son at the hospital and named him Yadiel, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“Why did these people, why did these bad people, do this? She did nothing to them,” Lopez told WLS. “She was a good person.” 

Update: 8:55 am, 5/16/19, Thursday

CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — A police spokesperson says a baby isn’t expected to survive after being ripped from his mother’s womb after she was strangled.

Anthony Guglielmi says three people are in custody and charges, including murder, are pending.

Authorities say the woman, 19-year old Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui, went to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free clothes.

The 9-months-pregnant Ochoa-Uriostegui was last seen leaving a high school April 23. It was the same day paramedics were called to the home on the Southwest Side about a newborn with problems breathing.

Guglielmi calls it an “unspeakable act of violence.” 

Original: 6:40 pm, 5/15/19, Wednesday 

CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — A body found behind a home on Chicago’s Southwest Side has been identified as that of a 19-year old pregnant woman who disappeared last month.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office says the body of Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was discovered after several people were taken into custody at the home. No charges against those in custody have been announced.

The medical examiner announced Wednesday Ochoa-Uriostegui died of ligature strangulation, and her death is considered a homicide. Ochoa-Uriostegui was nine months pregnant when she disappeared April 23 after leaving her high school.

Authorities haven’t said if the body of an infant has been found, however, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt tells the Chicago Tribune paramedics were called to the home for a newborn with problems breathing the same day the woman disappeared.

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