A nine months pregnant Chicago teen was killed and her unborn child was carved out of her womb, and authorities believe she may have been lured to her death by a woman she met on a Facebook group for young moms, police and reports said.
The decomposed body of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez – who has been missing for the last three weeks – was found dumped in a garbage can just after midnight Wednesday in the backyard of the unidentified woman’s home on the city’s Southwest Side.
Ochoa-Lopez was strangled and her death was ruled a homicide, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
The teen victim’s baby boy who was “forcibly removed” from Ochoa-Lopez’s body after her death was hospitalized on April 23 – the day Ochoa-Lopez went missing – and “before [police] figured out what was going on,” a Chicago police official told The Post Thursday.
The baby remains in critical condition and is “not doing well,” the official added.
The 46-year-old suspect had enticed Ochoa-Lopez to come to her home by offering the young woman free extra baby clothes for her unborn son via Facebook, the victim’s family said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretense that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes,” said Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the victim’s family said.
Before Ochoa-Lopez was reported missing April 23 after leaving her high school, Ochoa-Lopez apparently went to the woman’s home after the pair connected on a Facebook group for young mothers, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
That same day, medics responded to the 46-year-old woman’s home after she called for help claiming that she had given birth and her baby was unresponsive at the W. 77th Place home – where Ochoa-Lopez’s body was later found, according to police and the news outlet.
The 46-year-old woman later set up a GoFundMe account to raise $9,000 for the baby’s future funeral as she claimed that the boy was sick and on the verge of dying, Sara Walker, a local student pastor assisting with helping the victim’s family communicate with police told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Walker told the news outlet that a tip led police to verify the baby’s biological parents with saliva from Ochoa-Lopez’s husband, Yiovanni Lopez, and hair samples from Ochoa-Lopez’s home.
“I have a lot of pain, a lot of anguish, a lot of sadness,” Lopez told reporters in Spanish Wednesday. “It’s painful to lose your wife, the woman you love the most. It’s painful.”
On Tuesday – before Ochoa-Lopez’s body was found — police took three people at the W. 77th Place home into custody on the suspicion of Ochoa-Lopez’s murder, authorities said. Charges were pending.
The newborn suffered severe brain damage and may be pulled from life support in the coming days, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
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