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CrimeCook County sheriff to probe if hospital properly notified authorities after slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez

16:55  21 may  2019
16:55  21 may  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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Cook County sheriff to probe if hospital properly notified authorities after slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez© E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune

Cook County authorities said Monday they will explore whether child welfare reporting laws were violated after the woman accused of killing Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and cutting her baby from her womb showed up at a hospital last month claiming the child was hers.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, Desiree, 24, were both charged last week with one count each of first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child causing permanent disability.

The elder Figueroa is accused of strangling 19-year-old Ochoa-Lopez, who was nine months pregnant, removing the baby from her abdomen, then calling paramedics to report that the baby was not breathing.

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The Cook County Sheriff "s Office said Monday that it will ask the state's child welfare agency to determine if a suburban Chicago hospital acted properly in the case. Cara Smith, chief policy officer at the sheriff 's office, said if the state's Department of Family Services determines that Advocate Christ

The Cook County Sheriff "s Office said Monday that it will ask the state's child welfare agency to determine if a suburban Chicago hospital acted Police said they did not learn until May 7 of the connection between Figueroa and the Ochoa - Lopez when one of the teen's friends told detectives

She continued to claim the infant as her own after the April 23 slaying, even seeking money on a crowdfunding site for the boy, who was hospitalized in grave condition.

The elder Figueroa and the newborn were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment. Cook County prosecutors said in court last week that hospital officials examined Figueroa and quickly determined the woman showed no signs of being pregnant or having recently given birth.

Cook County sheriff to probe if hospital properly notified authorities after slaying of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez© Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune

That detail has prompted questions as to why the Department of Children and Family Services was not notified sooner about Figueroa.

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Marlen Ochoa - Lopez 's family seeks answers why authorities were not alerted to Figueroa. According to the Department of Children and Family Services, the hospital contacted the agency on The Cook County Sheriff 's Department released a statement, saying, "We will ask DCFS to advise if

The Cook County Sheriff "s Office said Monday that it will ask the state's child welfare agency to determine if a suburban Chicago hospital acted Police said they did not learn until May 7 of the connection between Figueroa and the Ochoa - Lopez when one of the teen's friends told detectives

State law generally requires hospitals to contact DCFS when there are concerns about a child's well-being or questions about custody. The hospital did not contact state child welfare officials until more than two weeks later, on May 9, days after police showed up at Advocate Christ asking about the baby, according to police and DCFS officials.

"We will ask DCFS to advise if this unspeakably tragic set of facts was reportable by a mandated reporter," Cara Smith, the sheriff's chief policy officer, said in a statement Monday.

"If they determine it was, we will ensure it is immediately investigated."

Later on Monday, a spokesman for DCFS issued a statement saying the agency does not regulate hospitals but that "it will provide any support needed to the family in this case and to those handling any investigations into this matter."

The hospital would not comment on why it waited so long to call authorities, citing "patient privacy."

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The Cook County Sheriff "s Office said Monday that it will ask the state's child welfare agency to determine if a suburban Chicago hospital acted properly in the case. Cara Smith, the agency's chief policy officer, said if the state's Department of Family Services determines that Advocate Christ

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"We have been cooperating with authorities, and as this is an ongoing police matter, we're referring all inquiries to local law enforcement," said Adam Mesirow, a hospital spokesman.

Chicago police say they never heard from the hospital, either, and only went there May 7 after getting a tip about the baby, who remained in the intensive care unit hooked up to life support.

Meanwhile, advocates for the family said relatives met Monday with hospital officials to express their concerns about how the case was handled.

"You have a child that was born from brutality. He was ripped from his mother's womb," said Julie Contreras, a representative for Ochoa-Lopez's family.

"You have a family who has to trust in a medical facility where criminals were lurking over their child. Today we wanted to begin a dialogue where Christ Advocate system will treat this family with respect and dignity. It's very traumatic to know how their child was being treated when their child was stolen, ripped from the mother. It was a difficult conversation."

Contreras also said there is an "undetermined prognosis" for the baby boy, who was named Yovani Yadiel Lopez. The baby's doctors have not given the advice to remove him from life support, she said.

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