Chicago-area hospital role in the baby-cut case questioned

This booking photo provided by the Chicago Police department, Thursday, May 16, 2019, shows Clarisa Figueroa, who is charged in the death of 19-year-old pregnant mother Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. In the first-degree murder charges are filed against Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa in connection with the death of Ochoa-Lopez, whose body was discovered earlier in the week, strangled before her baby was cut from her womb. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

CHICAGO – A local sheriff’s office wants to know if a suburban Chicago hospital violated state law by not immediately reporting that a woman who claimed to be the mother of a newborn baby was not born. The woman was later charged with strangling the mother of the baby and the cutting of the new-born child from her womb.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that it will ask the state’s child welfare agency to determine whether a suburban Chicago hospital is well acted in the case.

Cara Smith, the agency’s chief policy officer, said that if the state of the Department of Family Services determines that the Advocate Christ Medical Center violated the Abuse and neglect of Children Reporting Act, the would investigate.

Smith’s comments come a few days after Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, were charged with first-degree murder for allegedly strangling 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, and cutting her unborn baby from her last month for Clarisa Figueroa called 911 to report that the baby she had just given birth was not breathing.

The Chicago Police department and the state agency said at the weekend that the hospital never notified them after determining at the end of April that the bloody, Clarisa Figueroa was not the mother. The police said that they do not learn, until May 7 of the connection between Figueroa and Ochoa-Lopez when one of the teenager’s friends told detectives about the communication between the two on Facebook.

The hospital, in a statement Monday said that the cooperation with the local government with each other, but still no response.

The plaintiffs claim that when Figueroa was charged with the baby to the hospital, she had blood on her upper body and face, that a hospital is cleaned and that the 46-year-old Figueroa was examined in the hospital and showed no physical signs of childbirth.

The question for the state agency, Smith said, is that if the hospital would be legally obliged to give the warning of the police or of the agency about the woman who claims to be the mother of a seriously ill child.

“We ask DCFS to advise if this unspeakable tragic set of facts was to report,” she said in a statement.

It was first reported over the weekend that the hospital is not a direct report of what had happened on 23 April , the day Figueroa street and the baby came to the hospital.

The baby remains in the hospital in serious condition in life, and is not expected to survive.

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