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CrimeIllinois authorities not alerted to early clues in slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez

00:25  20 may  2019
00:25  20 may  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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Pregnant Chicago woman found murdered; baby found alive Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was strangled, authorities said. Police said her baby, who was in grave condition, had been "forcibly removed" from her mother's body.

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 The baby remained hospitalized on life support on Saturday, according to authorities . Prosecutors say that when Figueroa was brought with the baby to

Illinois authorities say they weren't alerted to crucial early clues in the case of a baby who was Ochoa - Lopez 's family spent those weeks searching for her and holding press conferences pleading A memorial of flowers, balloons, a cross and photo of victim Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , are displayed on

Illinois authorities not alerted to early clues in slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez© Provided by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed.

The woman, Clarisa Figueroa, was charged more than three weeks later with killing the baby's mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, after police found her body outside Figueoa's home. Chicago police say she cut Ochoa-Lopez's baby out of her womb on April 23, then called 911 to report she had given birth to a baby who wasn't breathing. Paramedics took Figueroa and the baby to Advocate Christ Medical Center in suburban Oak Lawn.

Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case

Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Clarisa Figueroa is charged with killing 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Chicago police say she cut Ochoa-Lopez's baby out of her womb on April 23, then called 911 to report she had given birth to a baby who wasn't breathing.

Chicago police say Marlen Ochoa - Lopez was killed and her baby cut out of her womb on April 23. CHICAGO — Police and Illinois ’ child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn’t alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just

A special mass was held Thursday evening to mourn the loss of Maria Ochoa - Lopez .

Ochoa-Lopez's family spent those weeks searching for her and holding press conferences pleading for help finding her, unaware the child was in a neonatal intensive care unit on life support.

The baby remained hospitalized on life support on Saturday, according to authorities.

Prosecutors say that when Figueroa was brought with the baby to the hospital, she had blood on her upper body and her face, which a hospital employee cleaned off. They also say Figueroa, 46, was examined at the hospital and showed no physical signs of childbirth.

Advocate Christ Medical Center has declined to say whether or when it contacted authorities, citing state and federal regulations. Oak Lawn police said they were not contacted about Figueroa by the medical center or any other agency.

Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case

Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case Police say there was a long delay before a Chicago-area hospital alerted authorities that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The woman, Clarisa Figueroa, was charged more than three weeks later with killing the baby's mother , Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, after police found her body outside Figueoa's home.

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 Billboard in Times Square bursts into flames, but no injuries are reported amid massive crowds. Illinois not alerted to early clues in

Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Illinois not alerted to early clues in Advocate Christ Medical Center has declined to say whether or when it contacted authorities , citing state and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said police learned Ochoa - Lopez was missing when

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Jassen Strokosch said Saturday the agency was alerted May 9 that there were questions about who had custody of the child in order to make medical decisions. He said he couldn't speculate about why the agency wasn't contacted sooner.

"We don't know what was happening at the hospital," he said.

Strokosch said the Department of Children and Family Services was alerted by someone required by law to contact the department about suspected abuse or neglect, but he couldn't say who contacted the agency.

However, that was after Chicago police had connected Figueroa to Ochoa-Lopez's disappearance.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said police learned Ochoa-Lopez was missing when her husband reported it on April 24. On May 7, Chicago police learned from one of Ochoa-Lopez's friends that she had been communicating via a private Facebook group with Figueroa about buying clothing. Police then went to Figueroa's home, where her 24-year-old daughter eventually told them her mother had recently had a baby.

Funeral services set for slain pregnant teen Marlen Ochoa-Lopez

Funeral services set for slain pregnant teen Marlen Ochoa-Lopez May 19-- CHICAGO — Visitation and funeral arrangements have been set for Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, the 19-year-old Chicago woman lured to a home and murdered. Her son was cut from her womb. He is now on life support in grave condition with no brain activity. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Public visitation is set for 3 to 9 p.m. May 23 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 24 at Mount Auburn Funeral Home at 4101 S. Oak Park Ave. in Stickney, Ill. Ochoa-Lopez's funeral will be held at 9 a.m.

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 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Jassen Strokosch said Saturday the agency was alerted May 9 that there were

Ochoa - Lopez 's family spent those weeks searching for her and holding press conferences pleading for help finding her, unaware the child was in a neonatal intensive care unit on life support. The baby remained hospitalized on life support on Saturday, according to authorities .

"There was nothing to point us in that direction in the beginning," Johnson told reporters on Thursday, after police had arrested Figueroa and her daughter on murder charges.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Saturday authorities had to subpoena medical records from the hospital for Figueroa and the child. He said police didn't learn that Figueroa showed no signs of childbirth until "a couple weeks" after she was examined.

Both Johnson and Guglielmi referred questions about hospital protocol and policies to the medical center. A spokesman said in an emailed statement: "We have been cooperating with authorities and as this is an ongoing police matter, we're referring all inquiries to local law enforcement."

DNA testing determined Figueroa was not the baby's mother and that Ochoa-Lopez's husband was his father. Strokosch said his department let protective custody of the child lapse on May 13 because his father had been identified.

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