CHICAGO – A pregnant woman who was on his way to a house in Chicago as a 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 the 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 for a newborn the breathing problems.
“We believe that she was murdered, and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed after that murder,” guglielmi said, calling it a “horrific act of violence.”
According to WLS-TV, a 911 coordinator, reported that a 46-year-old woman had called to say that she was born 10 minutes earlier and the baby was pale and blue and not breathing.
The family Ochoa-Uriostegui, a married mother of a 3-year-old son, said a woman on Facebook had enticed her to the house by the offer of a pram and baby clothes.
“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.
Ochoa-Uriostegui family is looking for her since her disappearance more than three weeks ago, the organization of search parties, the holding of press conferences and pushing the police for updates about the investigation.
Her husband, Yiovanni Lopez, visited his son in the hospital and called him Yadiel, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Why have these people, why these bad people do this? They did nothing for them,” Lopez told WLS. “She was a good person.”