Pregnant teenager ‘was strangled to death and her baby cut from her womb after she was lured to a Chicago home by a woman she met on Facebook’
- Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was found strangled to death behind house in Chicago
- The missing pregnant teen was reportedly lured to a home to swap baby clothes
- After the murder Ochoa-Uriostegui’s baby was cut from her womb, police said
- Number of people arrested in what police described as ‘unspeakable violence’
A missing pregnant teenager has been found dead and her baby cut from her womb after allegedly being lured to a woman’s home who offered to give her children’s clothes.
Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was found strangled to death behind a house in Chicago and her unborn son was ‘forcibly removed’ from her body after the murder, authorities said.
The 19-year-old’s body was discovered after several people were taken into custody at the home, according to police.
Her family said they believe she went to the home on Chicago’s Southwest Side after a woman on Facebook said she had a stroller and baby clothes to swap, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui went missing after visiting a home in Chicago to pick up baby clothes for for unborn son, her family said
Ochoa-Uriostegui reportedly met a 46-year-old woman on a Facebook group called ‘Help a Sister Out’ who offered to give her the items for free.
She was reported missing after not arriving to pick up her three-year-old son from daycare.
Her remains were found in a garbage can just after midnight on Wednesday night.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victim on Wednesday as that of Ochoa-Uriostegui.
No charges against those in custody have been announced.
Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was nine months pregnant when she was murdered
Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for Ochoa-Uriostegui’s family, said: ‘She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretense that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes.’
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt told the Chicago Tribune paramedics were called to the home for a newborn with problems breathing on the same day the woman disappeared.
‘We believe that she was murdered and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder,’ said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
He added the baby was admitted to hospital and is in ‘grave’ condition and is on life support after being cut from the mother’s body.
The medical examiner’s office announced Ochoa-Uriostegui died of ligature strangulation, and her death is considered a homicide.
Ochoa-Uriostegui was nine months pregnant when she disappeared April 23 after leaving her high school.
Hours after disappearing a woman called 911 for help, claiming she had given birth to the boy at the home and suffering ‘post-delivery issues’, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The woman then reportedly set up a GoFundMe page to raise $9,000 for the baby’s funeral, claiming the boy was sick and about to die.
The family of Ochoa-Uriostegui appealed for help tracing her before officers found her remains in a trash can at a Southwest Side home
But an anonymous tip led detectives to check the DNA of the baby and it was found to be Ochoa-Uriostegui’s child.
Giovanni Lopez, her husband, said the family were determined to get justice.
He told Fox News 32: ‘We’re gonna have justice with those responsible. We’re gonna go hard after them. We won’t let it go. They don’t know the pain they’ve caused. They don’t know.’
Guglielmi said investigators are interviewing the people taken from the home about the slaying of Ochoa-Uriostegui.
He added: ‘We believe all of them played some role in this unspeakable act of violence.’
Neighbors said there was a lot of police activity on Wednesday night with detectives removing huge amounts of evidence and searching the backyard and basement, according to WGN News.
Police were reportedly questioning a 46-year-old woman, her boyfriend and her daughter, with charged expected to be brought soon.
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