Published: Sat, May 18, 2019

Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb

Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb

A pregnant teenager who went to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, USA police and family members said.

The three people charged in the murder of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez are scheduled to appear in court Friday for a bond hearing. Her body was found this week, and the cause of death was homicide by strangulation, the Cook County, Illinois, medical examiner's office said Wednesday.

The nine months pregnant teen was lured to the home of a stranger with the promise of free baby supplies and was murdered, after which her baby was cut out of her womb, according to local media reports citing authorities and family members.

Police say Clarisa Figueroa and Ochoa knew each other from previous exchanges of baby clothes.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez disappeared on the same day that a woman made a 911 call in April about a newborn baby having trouble breathing, Chicago police said.

Johnson said police originally had no reason to connect Ochoa's case with the baby.

Police allegedly discovered Ms Ochoa-Lopez's body hidden in a rubbish bin while serving a search warrant at the Figueroa's home on Tuesday night.

The baby is hospitalized in grave condition. The teen's family said it was a Facebook group called "Help a Sister Out".

That day detectives also went to the hospital to interview Clarisa Figueroa, who denied Ochoa came to her house but admitted knowing her. "We can only assume [they wanted to] raise the child as their own". Sources told CBS that Ochoa-Lopez was led down to the basement and strangled with a coaxial cable.

DNA tests have confirmed the baby boy was the son of the dead woman and her husband.

Ms Evans and her 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, were killed in their Addison apartment and Ms Evans' 7-year-old son, Joshua, was found slain in a Maywood alley.

Ochoa-Lopez was the oldest of four siblings and took on the role of caretaker for them, her family said.

According to police, the young woman drove from her high school to Figueroa's home in response to an offer of free clothes that Figueroa had posted on Facebook.

The suspect reportedly lured Ochoa-Uriostegui to her home by offering her baby clothes for her unborn son.

Ochoa-Lopez's anguished relatives searched for her for three weeks. "She would ask for what she needed, which is, I think, a strength". They are demanding justice for Marlen and her loved ones.

The 46-year-old woman she met with in a southwest side home claimed to also be pregnant, neighbours reporting that they saw the woman later that day bloodied and holding an infant wrapped in a towel.

"She did nothing to them", said Yovani Lopez, her husband, reported the Chicago Tribune.

"Due to the fact that I'm in school and can't work at the moment, I can't afford to buy the rest of the things since I'm short on cash right now", Ochoa-Lopez wrote. "She was a good person".

The baby, given the name Yadiel Yovany Lopez by the family, is on life support and has no brain function, family members said.

The woman said she was located near West 79th Street and South Pulaski Road, an intersection just blocks from the house where Ochoa-Lopez's body would later be found.

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