Pregnant teen killed, infant cut from womb after meeting up with woman who promised free baby items: family

The body of a nine-month-pregnant teenager was discovered in an Illinois garbage can early Wednesday morning with her baby ripped from her womb, bringing a weeks-long search for her to a tragic close.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the remains, found in a suburb on Chicago's Southwest Side, as those of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who was reported missing by her family on April 23, WGN reports. Her cause of death was determined as strangulation and ruled a homicide. 

"We believe that she was murdered, and we believe that the baby was forcibly removed following that murder," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said of the crime, calling it an "unspeakable act of violence."

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This booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department, Thursday, May 16, 2019, shows Clarisa Figueroa, who is charged in the death of 19-year-old expectant mother Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. First-degree murder charges have been filed against Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa in connection with the death of Ochoa-Lopez, whose body was discovered earlier in the week, strangled before her baby was cut from her womb. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
This booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department, Thursday, May 16, 2019, shows Desiree Figueroa, who is charged in the death of 19-year-old expectant mother Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. First-degree murder charges have been filed against Figueroa and her mother, Clarisa Figueroa, in connection with the death of Ochoa-Lopez, whose body was discovered earlier in the week, strangled before her baby was cut from her womb. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
This booking photo provided Thursday, May 16, 2019, by the Chicago Police Department shows Piotr Bobak, charged with concealment of a homicide. Bobak's girlfriend, Clarisa Figueroa, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa are charged in the death of 19-year-old expectant mother Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, whose body was discovered earlier in the week, strangled before her baby was cut from her womb. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
The backyard of the home in the 4100 block of West 77th Place where the body of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was found. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, is surrounded by family members and supporters, as he walks into the Cook County medical examiner's office to identify his daughter's body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, is surrounded by family members and supporters, as he walks into the Cook County medical examiner's office to identify his daughter's body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Surrounded by family members and supporters, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's father, Arnulfo Ochoa, talks to reporters outside the Cook County medical examiner's office after identifying his daughter's body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Surrounded by family members and supporters, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's mother, Raquel Uriostegui, talks to reporters outside the Cook County medical examiner's office after identifying her daughter's body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Surrounded by family members and supporters, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's mother, Raquel Uriostegui, talks to reporters outside the Cook County medical examiner's office after identifying her daughter's body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Surrounded by family members and supporters, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's husband, Yiovanni Lopez, talks to reporters outside the Cook County medical examiner's office after identifying his wife's body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Surrounded by family members and supporters, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's husband, Yiovanni Lopez, talks to reporters outside the Cook County medical examiner's office after identifying his wife's body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, is surrounded by family members and supporters, as he walks into the Cook County medical examiner's office to identify his daughter's body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
A memorial of flowers, balloons, a cross and photo of victim Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, are displayed on the lawn, Friday, May 17, 2019 in Chicago, outside the home where Ochoa-Lopez was murdered last month. Assistant State's Attorney James Murphy says a pregnant Ochoa-Lopez, who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb, was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
A memorial of flowers, balloons, a cross and photo of victim Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, are displayed on the lawn, Friday, May 17, 2019 in Chicago, outside the home where Ochoa-Lopez was murdered last month. Assistant State's Attorney James Murphy says a pregnant Ochoa-Lopez, who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb, was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
A memorial of flowers, balloons, a cross and photo of victim Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, are displayed on the lawn, Friday, May 17, 2019 in Chicago, outside the home where Ochoa-Lopez was murdered last month. Assistant State's Attorney James Murphy says a pregnant Ochoa-Lopez, who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb, was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
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Ochoa-Lopez's family first noticed something was wrong when she failed to pick up her 3-year-old son from daycare on the day she was reported missing, WMAQ reports.

She was last seen leaving Latino Youth High School in the suburb of Pilsen on her way to a home in Scottsdale to pick up items from a 46-year-old woman she met through a Facebook group called "Help a Sister Out," who claimed to have a stroller and other baby items for the teen, her family says. The group has since been shut down.

"She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretenses that her daughters had been given clothes and they had all these extra boy clothes,"  Cecelia Garcia, a spokeswoman for Ochoa-Lopez's family, said. "That's the false pretenses that we believe led her to that house."

Multiple neighbors told KGO-TV that around 6 p.m. on April 23, the last day Ochoa-Lopez was seen alive, a middle-aged female resident of the Scottsdale home in question was seen covered in blood holding a baby wrapped in a towel, screaming she just gave birth and that he wasn't breathing.

Emergency responders rushed the woman and baby boy, who was "pale and blue," to nearby Advocate Christ Hospital for treatment, where the infant still remains in "grave" condition.

On May 8, Ochoa-Lopez's car was discovered in Scottsdale about a block away from the home of the woman who claimed to have given birth to the baby, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. An anonymous tip led police to conduct a DNA test on the hospitalized baby, which confirmed he belonged to Ochoa-Lopez and her husband, Yiovanni Lopez. 

Multiple people from the Scottsdale home were taken into custody following the discovery, WMAQ reports, although no charges have yet been filed. 

Ochoa-Lopez's family members have named the infant Yadiel and say they are hoping for the best while preparing for the worst, as the child is said to be brain dead and on life support.

The victim's bereaved husband told reporters that his wife's killers "don't know the pain they've caused."

"I have a lot of pain, a lot of anguish, a lot of sadness," he said through a translator. "It's painful to lose your wife, the woman you love the most."

"We're gonna have justice with those responsible. We’re gonna go hard after them. We won’t let it go," he added.

Earlier this month, the slain teen's family asked authorities to conduct a DNA test on a newborn baby found alive atop a trash can on Chicago's Northwest Side. The child was found not to be hers. 

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