A missing pregnant teenager was found dead with her baby cut from her womb after she was lured to the Chicago home of a woman who offered to give her free children’s clothes.
Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui, 19, was found strangled to death inside a trash can in the woman’s yard on Wednesday. She had been nine months pregnant.
Authorities discovered that her unborn son, who is still alive, had been ‘forcibly removed’ from her body after the murder.
Hours after Ochoa-Uriostegui disappeared, a woman called 911 claiming she had given birth to a boy at home and was suffering ‘post-delivery issues’.
The boy was admitted to the hospital in ‘grave’ condition and remains on life support.
Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui went missing after visiting a home in Chicago to pick up baby clothes for for unborn son, her family said
But an anonymous tip led detectives to check the DNA of the baby after the woman set up a GoFundMe page to raise $9,000 for the baby’s funeral, claiming the boy was sick and about to die.
Results showed that the baby, who has been in the hospital for nearly a month, was Ochoa-Uriostegui’s child.
Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was nine months pregnant when she was murdered
The disturbing story follows the same pattern as a number of fetal abduction cases in the US.
Ochoa-Uriostegui’s family said she went to a home on Chicago’s Southwest Side on April 23 after a woman on Facebook said she had a stroller and baby clothes she wanted to give away, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The teen 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.
Ochoa-Uriostegui 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.
Multiple people from the Southwest Side home where the teen went to pick up baby clothes have since been taken into custody for questioning.
Police were reportedly questioning a 46-year-old woman, her boyfriend and her daughter. Charges have yet to be filed.
‘We believe all of them played some role in this unspeakable act of violence,’ said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
‘We believe that she was murdered and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder.’
The family of Ochoa-Uriostegui appealed for help tracing her before officers found her remains in a trash can at a Southwest Side home
Giovanni Lopez, Ochoa-Uriostegui’s husband, said the family is determined to get justice.
‘We’re gonna have justice with those responsible,’ he told Fox News 32.
‘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.’
Neighbors said there was a lot of police activity on Wednesday night with detectives removing large amounts of evidence and searching the backyard and basement.