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The staff at a Chicago-area hospital failed to warn police and Illinois child welfare officials after they determined a woman that appeared at the medical center under the blood with a sick newborn was not the mother of the child, authorities said.
The woman, Clarisa Figueroa, 45, is charged more than three weeks later with the killing of the boy’s mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, after the 19-year-old was Tuesday found in a trash can outside Figueroa at home.
Figueroa was struck in her upper body and face when she brought the baby to the Advocate Christ Medical Center, a public prosecutor said. An investigation showed no signs that she had given birth.
THE WOMAN, WHO KILLED HIS NEIGHBOR BY CUTTING THE BABY OUT OF THE WOMB, ” SHE SAYS NOT ‘EXPLICITLY’ ALERT WITH HER EX
Citing the state and federal regulations, the hospital refused to say whether and when the contact with the authorities.
“We have cooperated with the government and as an ongoing police matter, we are referring all questions to the local police,” a spokesman told the Associated Press in an e-mail.
Oak Lawn police said they were not notified of Figueroa’s visit to the hospital by the medical centre or any other body. A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said the agency was warned in May 9, those questions were in the custody of the boy to medical decisions.
“We don’t know what happened in the hospital,” he said.
THREE ARRESTED IN THE MURDER OF CHICAGO WOMAN, 19, WHO WAS 9 MONTHS PREGNANT, POLICE SAY
A memorial of flowers, balloons, a cross and a picture of the victim Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, will be displayed on the lawn, Friday, May 17, 2019 in Chicago, outside the house where Ochoa-Lopez was murdered in the last month. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
The baby was admitted in the hospital on life support as of Saturday, authorities said.
The Chicago police learned Ochoa-Lopez was missing when her husband filed a report on April 24. The young mother was to the Figueroa home in response to a Facebook post about free baby clothing, authorities said.
“She was making clothes, supposedly under the pretext that her daughters had received the clothes and they had all this extra boy clothes,” said Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the family.
This combination of booking photos provided by the Chicago Police department on Thursday 16 May 2019 shows from left to right, Pioter Bobak, 40; Clarisa Figueroa, 46; and Desiree Figueroa, 24. Against them is three weeks after the 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez disappeared and a day after her body was found in a garbage can in the backyard of Clarissa Figueroa’s home in Chicago’s Southwest Side. The police said the teenager was strangled and her baby cut from her body. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
Once there, prosecutors said Figueroa and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, 24, strangled Ochoa-Lopez with a cable cord and cut the baby out of her belly with a butcher knife. She then put the child in a bucket with the umbilical cord still attached, prosecutors said.
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A DNA test will reveal the Ochoa-Lopez and her husband, Yiovanni Lopez, were the boy of the parents.
Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter Desiree are charged in the death of Ochoa-Lopez. The elder Figueroa’s friend, Piotr Bobak, 40, is charged with hiding a murder.