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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

Pregnant Chicago woman found murdered; baby found alive

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.

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.

The Cook County sheriff ’s office is questioning if a hospital properly reported to authorities that Clarisa Figueroa had claimed to have given On Monday, the sheriff ’s office said it will investigate the hospital if it finds the medical center violated the Abuse and Neglected Children Reporting Act.

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.

Three People Have Been Charged In The Death Of Marlen Ochoa

Three People Have Been Charged In The Death Of Marlen Ochoa Three people were charged Thursday afternoon in the death of pregnant teenager Marlen Ochoa, whose body was discovered in a garbage can and her baby cut out of her womb. Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, have been charged with murder, and Desiree confessed to helping her mother strangle Ochoa with a coaxial cable, according to Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio Inc © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio IncPolice say Clarisa Figueroa and Ochoa knew each other from previous exchanges of baby clothes.

Earlier Tuesday, Cook County Sheriff 's Department said it is waiting to hear from the Department of Children and Family Services on whether or not the hospital handled the arrival of Ochoa - Lopez 's baby boy properly . Prosecutors said the baby was cut out of Ochoa - Lopez after she was strangled

Marlen Ochoa - Lopez 's family is hoping that her newborn son, who was cut from her womb after she was murdered last month, will survive, despite being in critical condition. A family spokesperson told NBC News that the baby, named Yadiel, still relies on a breathing machine. Authorities said she.

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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Prosecutor: Pregnant teen killed while being shown photos

Prosecutor: Pregnant teen killed while being shown photos A prosecutor says a pregnant Chicago teen 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. The prosecutor told Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz on Friday that 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez managed to get her fingers under the cord around her neck and that the woman strangling her, 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa, then yelled at her daughter, "You're not doing your f---ing job!" The prosecutor says the daughter, 24-year-old Desiree Figueroa, then pried Ochoa-Lopez's fingers from the cord while her mother continued to strangle the teen.

Marlen Ochoa - Lopez allegedly went to a home in the 4100 block of 77th Place the day she went missing Authorities said a body found in a garbage can early Wednesday in the woman’s backyard in the 4100 Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , surrounded by family members and

The family of the slain mother, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , has been critical of the hospital The hospital has declined to say whether or when it contacted authorities when it learned that Arnold's comments come a day after the Cook County Sheriff 's Department said it would ask the

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."

Mother, daughter held without bond in killing of pregnant teen strangled before baby cut from womb

Mother, daughter held without bond in killing of pregnant teen strangled before baby cut from womb One of the women accused of strangling 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and cutting her full-term baby from her womb had pretended for months beforehand that she was pregnant, Cook County prosecutors said in court Friday. 

Marlen Ochoa - Lopez , 19, met the people suspected in her slaying through a Facebook group for young Ochoa - Lopez was also known by the name Marlen Ochoa -Uriostegui. She died of ligature Ochoa - Lopez ’s body was found hours after several people at the house were taken into custody for

Marlen Ochoa - Lopez 's family is still holding out hope that little boy will pull through, despite his grave condition. CHICAGO -- The Cook County Sheriff is asking the Department of Child and Family Services to see if proper protocols were followed in reporting the birth of Marlen Ochoa Lopez 's baby.

"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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