Pregnant teenager murdered and baby cut from her womb - US police

Nellie Chapman
May 18, 2019

The nine-months-pregnant teen went to Figueroa's home expecting to gather some baby clothes and other donated items, police said.

Police said Ochoa-Lopez was strangled and that her baby boy was cut from her womb after the murder.

Police said their missing person case took a turn when they first learned of the Facebook conversation and interviewed the Figueroas on 7 May. "Instead, they're mourning the loss of the mother and possibly that young child", Mr Johnson said.

The baby, given the name Yadiel Yovany Lopez by the family, is on life support and has no brain function, family members said. "Fashion design & beauty styler is what I love!" Police said they believe she was killed and her unborn baby was forcibly removed from her womb.

"Words can not express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are", Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters at a news conference to announce murder charges against Figueroa and her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree Figueroa. She lived in the 6000 block of South Honore Street.

"Her mother told me Marlen was always affectionate, but that day she seemed especially loving".

The family said she went to the address after contacting a woman on Facebook who had offered her free baby clothes.

"She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretenses that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes". The baby was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

However, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt tells the Chicago Tribune paramedics were called to the home for a newborn with problems breathing on the same day the woman disappeared. Apparently, Ochoa-Lopez had purchased baby items from the suspects in the past, police said. The family was also bracing for the baby's death, while still hoping for a miracle.

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Police said that the coaxial cable that was used to strangle Ochoa-Uriostegui was found next to her body in a garbage can in Figueroa's backyard.

Investigators are now speaking with several people from the southwest side home where the murder is thought to have occurred. Johnson did not provide details on the fourth person police questioned. 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.

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A neighbor said the woman living at the house ran outside holding a newborn and wearing a blood-smeared shirt, but she had no blood on her gray shorts.

"My heart is bleeding", Jacobita Cortes, a pastor at the church, said in Spanish. A neighbor said her behavior was odd in that she continued to smoke and drink despite claiming to be pregnant.

"Even though she was married, she was carrying on with her studies to give a better life to her child". "We have looked for her and prayed for her. It is so hard".

The cases come along an average of once a year, with some gaps.

The dark-haired 19-year-old vanished on April 23, after she made an appeal to mothers on a Facebook group called "Help A Sister Out".

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